Tarangire National Park in Tanzania
Tarangire National Park is located on the North of Tanzania not very far from the southeast of Lake Manyara, occupying 2850 sq km (110 sq miles). The park got its name from River Tarangire which crosses the park through. In dry seasons it is the only freshwater source for many wild animals. The flora and views in Tarangire Park are unique for Tanzania with high-growing grass, bushes and Tamarind trees.
Tarangire National Park is believed to be one of the underestimated parks in Tanzania. Due to its location close to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, just one day is allotted to safari in Tarangire National Park during the tour following the northern route.
Places of Interest in Tarangire Park
It should be noted that Tarangire Park is worth much more attention at least during the dry season (from July to October). The Park is famous for one of the largest colonies of long-liver baobabs. In dry seasons many herbivorous animals migrate to the river hoping to find rescue from drought. Troops of antelopes, zebras and buffalos hang about the parched river, triggering hunter instincts of lions and leopards who keep their eyes on them. One can find a great many elephants in Tarangire (about 300 according to specialists). They peacefully walk among baobab trees, dig up at the Tarangire’s riverbed in searches of humidity, meanwhile chasing away carnivores from their cubs.
Ornithologists will take great interest in the huge amount of nesting birds. The park is home to large African bustards — the largest flying birds among all presently existing, with mature males weighing up to 20 kg.
How to get to Tarangire?
If safari in Tanzania and beholding wildlife has been your long-cherished dream, you may use operators’ services or plan your trip on your own, addressing local companies offering safari tours in national parks once there. There are two options for getting to Tarangire Park; either as a member of an organized group of tourists or independently but only in a specially rented offroader. The access is formalized at the entrance, after which the entire territory is available for touring, keeping to the earthy track leading to the savanna. Leaving the cars in the territory of the park is strictly forbidden, so photos should be taken either from the interior of the car or from side windows.