Whats The Difference Between Tarangire And Serengeti? Tarangire national park and Serengeti national park are both considered as the most iconic national parks found in Tanzania and visiting each of these game parks offers one with a unique and distinct wildlife experience due to the fact that they both host large numbers of wildlife species that tourists can see as they explore within different areas of the parks.  and below are some of the key differences about these two remarkable destinations  and some of these include the geographical features, eco systems, visitors experience and the wildlife populations which are more explained below;

Geographical Features.

Tarangire national park is located in located in Manyara region in Tanzania and it is ranked to be the 6th largest national park in the country which covers a total surface area of about 2,850 square kilometers and it was officially established as a national park in 1970 whereas Serengeti national park is located in the northern region in Tanzania covering a total surface area of about 14,763 square kilometers  and it was established in 1951 and it is considered to be among the most visited game parks in the country by tourists on a safari due to the fact that it is recorded to have a total population of about 350, 000 per year.

Tarangire national park is known to have been named after the Tarangire river which flows through the park and this game park is characterized by its seasonal swamps, vast grasslands, baobab trees, Tarangire river which attracts a diverse array of animals most especially during the dry season where they gather to drink water due to the fact that water is always scarce around the park and all these act as good natural habitat to many wildlife species. In addition, visiting this national park can give you chances to opt to also tour around other national parks because this game park is situated just a short distance away from Arusha national park, Ngorongoro crater, Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti national park among others and all these one of the best safari destinations in Africa.

Serengeti national park is one of the oldest Ecosystems in the whole world with its unique combination of wonderful weather, flora and fauna and it is well renowned for its sweeping savannahs, its famous Serengeti River that flows through the park, acacia dotted plains.


Tourists should note that both Tarangire National Park and Serengeti National Park are homes to incredible array of wildlife however, the species compositions and seasonal variations differ significantly for example;

In Serengeti national park is well known for being a home to the big five animals such as; lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinos which makes it one of the best spots to visit while on a safari in Africa because of its iconic specie. More so, this national park is one of the greatest wilderness areas in the whole world therefore, apart from the big five, it also supports a magnificent diversity and abundance of many other animals such as; 550 cheetahs, wildebeests, impala, waterbucks, topi, zebras, gazelles, dik dik, common warthog, hartebeests, common warthog, African wild dog, kori bustard, Thomson’s gazelles, common eland, olive baboon, southern ground hornbill, common dwarf mongoose, white backed vulture, Harnessed bush buck, African harrier hawk, kudu, grey breasted spurfowl, rufous naped hawk and many others.

Whats The Difference Between Tarangire And Serengeti?

Serengeti national park is also seen as a birders paradise because it hosts around 500 bird species and exploring around this parks gives you opportunities to sight see some of these species and some of these include; grey backed fiscal, tawn eagle, rufous tailed weaver, lappet faced vulture, grey crested helmet shrike, white backed vulture, African fish eagle, Kori bustard and many others.

Tarangire National park is a home to many wildlife species however, it is famously known for its large elephant population which congregate along the Tarangire river more especially dry season and other animals such as; cheetahs, leopards, zebras, wildebeests, lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, spotted hyenas, giraffes, cape buffalos among others and many other numerous bird species such as; yellow necked spur fowl, Ashy starling, black headed heron, African hoope, African hoope, rufous tailed weaver, northern red billed hornbill among others.


Both Tarangire national park and Serengeti national park offer diverse ecosystems however, they defer in predominant landscapes and vegetation for example; the Tarangire ecosystem is well characterized by its riverine forests, savannah grasslands, iconic baobab trees which pepper the park whereas Serengeti National Park is vast expanse of rolling plains, acacia trees, beautiful landscapes, open grasslands, rocky outcrops, savannah grasslands.

In contrast, Serengeti national park is famously known for the great migration which particularly happens during months of July to October and both of these game parks offer visitors with a variety of accommodation facilities which range from luxury, mid-range and budget which helps visitors to choose where to stay according to their preferences and where it matches with their budget which grants them with comfort during their stay.

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