Tarangire National Park

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Ranking as the 6th largest National Park in Tanzania and covering an area of 2,600 square kilometers, The Tarangire National Park is most popular for its large elephant herds and mini-wildlife migration that takes place during the dry season which sees about 250,000 animals enter the park. Located slightly off the popular northern Tanzania Safari Circuit, the park lies between the meadows of Masai Steppe to the south east 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.

The Tarangire National park is in the north of Tanzania and has plenty of resident animals although some tend to migrate depending on the time of year. The most seen animals are elephants, giraffes, impalas, warthogs, zebras, wildebeests, dwarf mongoose and ostriches. Lions and Leopards can however also be seen, on some rare occasions even wild dogs have been spotted. Furthermore, the park is home to 550 species of birds and the greater and lesser Kudus as well as oryx also roam the park. The main trees that decorates and make the park unique its baobab and acacia trees.

During the months of June to September the park witnesses a small migration during which thousands of wildebeests and zebras head to the park for better grazing grounds. Elephants and other animals follow suit to gather along the Tarangire River, the only permanent water source in the park. It has been claimed, that up to 2000 elephants reside in the park during these months with some coming as far as from Ambsoseli National Park in Kenya.

Cats are also very much present in the park and lions can be found soaking up the sun on the riverbanks, whereas leopards are sometimes spotted resting in the baobab trees. Cheetahs are around but usually like to stay hidden from unsuspecting prey. African wild dogs have been seen towards the southern part of the park and seeing that the numbers of these efficient hunters are dropping, spotting them can be a real treat.

But it is not only mammals you need to look out for while in Tarangire National Park as the park also boast with 550 different bird species which includes yellow collared lovebirds, red billed hornbills, southern ground hornbills, lilac breasted rollers, ostriches, many kinds of raptors as well as several kinds of water birds just to name a few.

Things to do

  • Balloon safari
  • Night Game Drive (outside the park)
  • Walking safari (outside the park)
  • Masaai Tribe visit
  • Bike riding

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