In several instances, Tarangire is overlooked as compared to the adjacent national parks along the Northern circuit of Tanzania among which is the Serengeti and the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. However, this beautiful small park certainly is a natural paradise worth visiting!
To begin with let us first talk about the fascinating nature of this small park. Tarangire has an incredible eco system that serves as habitat to a wide diversity of animals. this park has a blend of flourishing, green grasslands, hills plus trees that offer home a number if the birdlife as well as animals within the park. The most prominent among these trees is the giant African-Baobab tree, that dots the park’s terrain and larger numbers of these can be seen in the adjacent reserves. In addition, there is a vast watering hole that extends through the beautiful park, and it is a wonderful area for enjoying picnic lunches. It is around this area that you will catch sight of the large predators as they normally finish off all their prey after their hunt. Here they seat and relax as they sip on the cool water. You will enjoy breathtaking views which are very perfect for photograph including sights of lions chasing after zebras within this park’s plains.
Tarangire has a variety of animals that dwell there among which the elephants are the most outstanding of all. There are numerous numbers of these giant animals roaming across the park as they move between pastures and water. With this population of elephants estimated to be about 1,600, you can frequently sight at large elephant herds walking in columns with their young ones in the center of the herd for safety. Other than the numerous elephants, Tarangire in addition is a perfect place for viewing vultures. Several of the eerie scavenger birds rest on dead appearing trees stamps waiting for the large predators to eat all they want from their prey, so that they feed on the leftovers ensuring that nothing is left to waste.
During the dry months as the hot sun sucks most of the moisture from the ground, leaving baked earth and the withered grass large elephant herds of close to 300 members grate the waterless river bed to access the underground streams, whereas the migratory wildebeests, gazelles, elands, zebras, heartebeests, buffaloes and impalas congest the lessening lagoons. This is actually the largest population of wildlife exterior of the Serengeti ecosystem; a perfect place for predators, and the only destination in Tanzania where you can see arid -country antelopes like the grand fringe eared oryx as well as the peculiar long necked gerenuk.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
On the drier earth you see the Kori bustards, which are the heaviest flying species of bird, the stocking thigh ed ostrich which is biggest bird in the world, together with several and small noisy ground horn bills such as turkeys. More passionate bird devotees might catch sight of squealing flocks of the brilliantly colored yellow collar lovebird, as well as the fairly drabber-rufous tailed weaver plus the shy starling and all these are endemic to the arid savannah of northern section of central Tanzania.
charming dwarf mongoose are frequently seen inhabiting the abandoned termite, as well as pairs of red and yellow barbet, which in the long run attract attention by their noisy, clockwork-like double act. The pythons in Tarangire are quite unique as they are tree-climber, similar to the park’s resident lions as well as leopards, commonly seen relaxing around in the tree branches sausage tree ass they escape from the scotching heat on the ground.
How to Get to Tarangire National Park
You can opt for a simple drive from the town of Arusha or from Lake Manyara and follow the surfaced road for close to 7 kilometers or 4 miles all the way to the main gate; from there you can proceed to Ngorongoro Crater and further to the Serengeti. Alternatively a Charter flight from the town of Arusha or Serengeti
What to Do in Tarangire
Enjoy guided walks, pleasure in day tours to the Maasai as well as Barabaig villages, and to the numerous of very old rock paintings found within the area of Kolo along the Dodoma Road.
When to Visit Tarangire
Tarangire is accessible all year round although the dry season from June to September is perfect for watching the large population of wild animals.
There are 2 lodges, a tented lodge, and 2 luxury tented-camps all within the stunning park. In addition are close to six private lodges as well as tented camps right away on the park’s borders.