Tarangire National Park is located about 100 km from the city of Arusha, along the road leading to Lake Manyara. It covers an area of 2600 square km and is the undisputed kingdom of elephants and baobabs. In particular, the majestic trees (they can reach about 25 meters in height) are unique and, considering the Northern Tanzania, can be found only in this area.
Tarangire: what to expect on a Safari
The park, crossed by the Tarangire river, has magnificent hills from which it is possible to perfectly observe the life along the river.
The huge baobabs form the backdrop to the wild natural landscape. They play a key role especially for the many elephants in the park who sharpen their tusks on these trees rubbing them against the stems and using the hollow trunks of the baobabs as water reserves during the periods of drought.
In addition to elephants, it is possible to see, especially in the dry season, many herbivores such as wildebeests, giraffes, zebras and antelopes; they migrates to Tarangire with the hope to find water. Moreover, you can meet many types of cats, especially lions, leopards and cheetahs, as well as birds.
Tarangire: the migration
Tarangire, unlike what happens in Lake Manyara, is very affected by the migrations that occur in the transition between the dry and rainy seasons and vice versa.
An essential element is the river that crosses the park. During the dry season it attracts many herbivores that migrate here from the surrounding areas in order to watering in puddles of water.
In this period (from late May to early November), it is possible to find in the park several animals; only Serengeti and Ngorongoro have larger quantities. With the exception of the rhino (which is no longer there due to poaching), you can findall the animal species that live in northern Tanzania.
In the rainy season (from November to May) water is also available in other areas and this causes depopulation of the park (wildebeests and zebras move, for example, towards Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro).
It is possible to do both night and walking safaris in the park, two very special experiences in close contact with wild nature.
Tarangire, one of our favorite parks. A must in the dry season.
During the rainy season, we recommend to visit this park only on long-lasting safaris. For short safaris, Lake Manyara becomes more interesting.