Tarangire National Park.
Tarangire national park is one of the most visited national parks located in the Manyara region in the northern circuit of Tanzania. The park derives its name from the famous Tarangire River which flows through the park.
The national park covers 2,850 square kilometers in surface area which places it among the large national parks in Tanzania. Tarangire national park is managed by Tanzania National Parks Authority and receives approximately 161,792 tourists annually.
The landscape in the national park is mainly characterized by granitic ridges, river valley, and swamps. A large portion of the vegetation in the park is mainly a mixture of acacia and combretum woodlands, seasonally flooded grasslands, and baobab trees.
Tarangire national park in Tanzania is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. Tourists visiting the national park in the dry season can be certain to view large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest and cape buffalos.
Other wildlife commonly sighted in the national park include impala, giraffe, dik dik, elands, waterbuck, Grant’s gazelle, vervet monkeys, banded mongoose and olive baboon. In 2015, a giraffe that is white due to leucism was sighted in the park which has since been a muse to tourists visiting the park.
Tarangire national park is also home to predators such as lions, leopards, caracal, honey badger and African wild dog. This makes the national park a great destination for visitors looking to see the Big four animals in their natural habitats.
Activities Offered in Tarangire National Park.
Wildlife viewing in the national park offers tourists a golden chance to explore the wild community in the area. Common wildlife animals sighted in the park include large herds of elephants, giraffes, fringe eared Oryx kudus, gazelles, hartebeests, tree climbing pythons, zebras, lions, cheetah and so many more. The best time for wildlife viewing in the national park is from June to November which is a dry season in the park.
Tarangire national park is home to about 500 species of birds which makes the park an ideal place for birding safaris in Tanzania. Popular bird species sighted in the park include the yellow collared lover birds, bateleurs eagles, lappet faced vultures, brown parrots, horn bills, Kori bustards, plovers and so many more. The national park is a safe haven for woodland birds, swamp and water birds as well.
Cultural encounters in Tarangire national park are conducted with in the Maasai local community. Visiting the Maasai people offers visitors a chance to learn more about this nomadic pastoralist ethnic tribe and their way of living. Other activities that you can enjoy in the national park include guided nature walks and sight-seeing among others.
Best Time to visit the park.
The dry season is always the best time for tourists to visit the park and this is from July to November when the migration of most wildlife in the park commences. The national park can also be visited at any time of the year.
Accommodation in Tarangire National Park.
Accommodation facilities in and outside Tarangire national park range from budget to mid-range and luxury lodges and camps. Some of these include; Kichuugu tented camp, Maramboi tented camp, Sangaiwe tented camp, Tarangire Osupuko Lodge, Nimali Tarangire lodge and Sanctuary swala camp to mention but a few.
How to get to the park.
Tarangire national park can be accessed using a tarmac road south from Arusha city in less than two hours. The national park can also be accessed by visitors travelling from Lake Manyara national park which is a 70 kilometer drive from the national park.