Tarangire National Park is perhaps the least traveled of all parks on the northern Tanzania Safari Circuit, and for this reason it has maintained the true breeze of the formerly regarded ‘Undiscovered Africa’ especially the southern section of this park. The park was named after River Tarangire that makes its course through this park. It is situated further south east from Lake Manyara and covers an expanse of about 2 600 sq. km. Majority of the park is covered with grassland and swamp land together with flood plains that feed into the renowned River Tarangire. The northern part of the park is scattered with the giant baobab trees and these dominate the view across the terrain. Several of these trees are more than one hundred years old. The rest of the park is dotted with acacia woodland, palm trees as well as open bushes.
Tarangire Wildlife Safaris
Tarangire National Park is a habitat to thousands of wild elephants and these are best seen in the dry months, when game gathers along the banks of the river. These elephants normally take shelter under the large baobab trees, which are scattered over the open wide acacia woodland. Tarangire is certainly an ornithologist’s paradise, with a great profusion of in birds as well as an outstanding variety of fauna which you can witness on your safari in Tanzania.
River Tarangire serves as the most prominent water source through the dry months and is normally congested with wild animals during these months. The neighboring communities of Thirsty nomads also wandered hundreds of arid kilometers as they search for water in this very area as it always has the water. Herds of close to 300 elephants are seen scratching the dry river bed to access the underground streams and at the same time the migratory wildebeests, gazelles, oryxs, zebras, elands, buffaloes and Harte beests congest the lessening lagoons. Actually during this period, this is actually a hunting area for the large predators.
When to Visit Tarangire National Park
Once the rains begin, the seasonal visitors scatter all over to more than 20,000 square kilometer distance until they finally exhaust all the verdant plains, and once again the river is filled with water. However the numerous elephant of Tarangire can easily be encountered in both the dry as well as the wet months. The swamps shade green all year around and are the best shelter to more than 500 bird species as well as the largest bird breeding sanctuary in the entire world. Moving on to the drier areas you will not only encounter the heaviest flying species of bird; the Kori bustard, but also see the largest bird in the whole world; the Ostrich, in addition to various ground hornbills such as turkeys. Unique about Tarangire is that similar to its pythons the resident lions also climb trees just like the leopards, and these are normally seen resting in the branches of the sausage tree may be to disguises their tail, although the exact reason as to why they stay in tress remains a mystery up today. Conclusively, the park can be visited all through the year, however the best time would be in the dry season between June and September as there are large numbers of game.
Tarangire Safari Plan
You can enjoy guided safari walks, village tours to the Maasai as well as Barabaig communities, and explore the long ago rock paintings in Kolo situated 118 kilometers southwest of the town of Arusha, Tarangire National Park can be easily accessed by road from Arusha town, or from Lake Manyara and from there you can carry on to the stunning Ngorongoro Crater and the vast plains of the Serengeti. In addition charter flights from Arusha town and Serengeti can get you to the park.
Where To Stay
Swala Tented Lodge
Tarangire Treetops Lodge
Kikoti Safari Camp
Mawe Ninga Camp Serengeti
Tarangire Safari Camp