Tarangire Safari Tanzania
Tarangire National Park was named after the river that flows through this park. The park is situated approximately 120 kilometers / 75 miles southwest of the town of Arusha and it stretches over an expanse of about 2900 square kilometers / 1100 sq miles. The terrain of the park is soothingly rolling, and is scattered with baobab trees as well as deserted termite mounds. There is ample wildlife in Tarangire has plenty of wildlife all year round for you to marvel at with very large herds of elephants. The park is used a place of refuge for those animal species that where previous severely poached in the country. Tarangire is regarded as an unknown jewel amongst the other bigger and prominent national parks in Tanzania. Tarangire will reveal to you a variety of species of wildlife that you will certainly not find caged in the zoo.
There are herds of approximately 300 elephants that graze by the dry river-floor for dissident streams, however, the migratory wildebeests, impalas, zebras, elands, buffaloes, gazelles and hartebeests congest by the attenuating lagoons. This is the biggest population of wildlife found outside the ecosystem of the Serengeti – a varied collection for predators! – Tarangire is the only destination in the whole of Tanzania where you can enjoy views of the arid-country antelopes like the grand fringe eared oryx plus the strange long necked gerenuk.
Through the rainy months, there are several seasonal visitors and these scatter all over the 20,000 square kilometer / 12,500 square miles range for some time until they finally wear out the verdant plains and the water sources. However the population of elephants in Tarangire is easily seen in both the wet and dry season.
The swamps which are verdant all through the year attract approximately 550 species of birds and this is the most breeding habitat for birds in the entire world.
The Kori bustards which are the heaviest flying-bird can be seen on the drier ground. The stocking thighed ostriches which are the largest birds in the world, together with small numbers of ground hornbills which are vociferous like turkeys, can also be seen on the drier ground.
More enthusiastic bird-lovers can watch out for screaming flocks of the vividly colored yellow-collared-lovebird, plus the fairly gray rufous tailed weaver as well as the ashy starling – all of which are endemic to the north-central dry savannah of Tanzania.
Abandoned termite mounds are regularly congested with colonies of the charming short mongoose, plus pairs of yellow and red barbet, which attract to each other by their noisy, clockwork resembling duetting.
Special about Tarangire is that it also has tree-climbing pythons just like its resident tree climbing lions plus leopards that are commonly seen resting in the branches of sausage trees which they at times do to camouflage their trail.
One can easily reach Tarangire National park by road transport with a quick drive from the town of Arusha or from Lake Manyara trailing the surfaced road for about 7 kilometers or to the main gate of the park. From there you can proceed to the renowned Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti.
there are also charter flights coming from Arusha as well as Serengeti.
What to do
enjoy guided-walking safaris, day trips to the villages of the Maasai as well as the Barabaig villages, and to the numerous of long ago rock paintings found within the Kolo area along Dodoma Road.
When to go
Tarangire can be visited all through the year but from June to September which are the dry months, there are numerous numbers of wild animals.
There are 2 lodges, one tented-lodge and 2 luxurious tented camps all within the parks boundaries. However there are several other exclusive lodges as well as tented camps just on the outskirts of the park which also offer wonderful services and well catered accommodation.