Magnet For Wildlife
Tarangire National Park covers an area of 2583 square kilometers – an easy drive of 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha and can continue on to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti. The park has some of the highest population density of elephants as compared to anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and distinctive location to visit.
The park is located slightly off the popular northern Tanzania Safari Circuit and lies between the meadows of Masai Steppe to the southeast and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west – within the northern part of Tarangire is the permanent River Tarangire also known as the life-line of the park particularly in the dry season when most of the region is totally dry. This flows northwards until it exits the park in the northwestern corner to pour into Lake Burunge.
Tarangire Attraction Highlights – What to See
The Tarangire National Park is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa with several herds of up to 300 members per herd and mini-wildlife migration that takes place during the dry season which sees about 240,000 animals enter the park. Tarangire offers an unparalleled game viewing, and during the dry season elephants abound, and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
There are large numbers of impalas, elands, buffaloes, giraffes, reedbuck, Coke’s hartebeest, Thompson’s gazelle, the greater and lesser kudu, and on rare occasions, the unusual gerenuk and fringe-eared Oryx are also seen. You will obviously see big numbers of elephants gather here as well as the wildebeests and zebras. Among the other common animals are the leopards, lions, hyenas, and cheetahs that seem to be popular within the southern open areas. The wild dogs are only seen once in a while
Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting.
Tarangire pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.
Every year during the dry season from June to November Tarangire hosts a wildlife migration which is not as dramatic as the Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti but receives a somewhat large number of animals
Before the rain’s months of November to May, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains – towards the Rift Valley floor amongst the large numbers of animals that spread across the large open areas of the Maasai Steppe and dispersing all the way to Lake Manyara
The birds within the Tarangire are also quite many, there are over 550 species that have been identified here – the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. The stunning yellow collared lovebirds and the shy starlings are in plenty here in addition to other species.
On drier ground, you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.
There are a number of wide swamps which dry into green plains during the dry season in the south. Tarangire River remains the only source of water and consequently attracts large numbers of wildebeests, elephants, gazelles, zebras and hartebeest, buffaloes plus various predators like lions that come to drink and graze around the river banks
Tarangire vegetation is much greener especially with lots of elephant grass, vast areas with mixed acacia woodlands, and some of the wonderful ribbons of the aquatic forest not to forget the giant baobab tree that can live up to 600 years storing between 300 and 900 liters of water
Tarangire Safari Packages
This is the 7 day safari holiday to visit the most famous parks of Tanzania (Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater) and have a few days on Zanzibar Island
Are you looking for 3 days, 2 nights safari offers? You are on the right hand! Visit Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire from Arusha Town
2 Days and 1-night Safari Tour in Tanzania, visit Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater and witness the African Big Animals.
The 1-day safari tour to Tarangire National Park, offers spectacular landscapes, big skies and an amazing range of wildlife.
What To Do In Tarangire
- Unlimited game drives
- Guided Walking safaris
- Night Game Drives
- Tarangire Balloon Safaris
- Bird watching
- Day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages
- Cultural Tour
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