Tarangire National park overview
Tarangire National Park has probably the highest population density of elephants as compared to other National parks in Tanzania. Its meager vegetation, flung with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a wonderful and particular area to visit. Found slightly off the famous Tanzania northern circuit safaris, only a couple of hours drive from Arusha town.
Before the rains, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains. Tarangire offers an unrivaled game viewing, and during the dry season, elephants abound. Groups of the pachyderms play around the old trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thistle trees for their evening supper. Breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains in the south make a stopover at Tarangire a memorable experience
During your Safari in Tarangire, You are strongly prescribed to remain for two or three days particularly in the south of the park which offers a less packed safari experience and offers you the chance to appreciate a valid African feel of Tanzania’s open country.
Tarangire National Park wildlife
Because Tarangire is manly a seasonal national park, its wildlife differs depending on the season and also considering that It is part of a bigger ecosystem. As earlier mentioned, the dry season is the best time to visit Tarangire and you will be able to encounter various animals. This park is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa with several herds of up to 300 members per herd. In addition, there are large numbers of impalas, elands, buffaloes, giraffes, Bohor reedbuck, Coke’s hartebeest, Thompson’s gazelle, the greater and lesser kudu and on rare occasions, the unusual gerenuk and fringe –eared Oryx are also seen. A few black rhinos are also thought to be still present in this park. You will obviously see big numbers of elephants gather here as well as the wildebeests and zebras. Among the other common animals in the Tarangire are the leopards, lions, hyenas, and cheetah that seem to be popular within the southern open areas. The wild dogs are only seen once in a while
The birds within the Tarangire are also quite many, there are over 545 species that have been identified here. The stunning yellow collared lovebirds and the shy starlings are in plenty here in addition to other species.
When to go to the Tarangire
Best visited during the dry season from June to October, when much of the game is concentrated around the Tarangire River. The park’s wildlife either heads northwest or disperses across the Masaai Steppe during March-May and November and December. While this pattern holds true in normal years, it is complicated by the unpredictable nature of the short rains. If they are very light or fail entirely, the game tends to stick to the river, rather than risk traveling through draught. The result is an extended dry season, and therefore more excellent viewing, but for the animals, these are the desperate times. With herbage sources around the Tarangire River all but exhausted, grazers are forced to travel further for less, are weaker, and therefore that bit more vulnerable to carnivores.
What to do in Tarangire
Game Drives and walking tours: The primary safari activity in this park is game driving however if you live outside the park boundaries you might be able to enjoy walking tours. and night safaris.
Night Game Drives: one would wonder, are night game drives allowed in Tarangire? Well, Night Game Drives are allowed in the park however, not all accommodations offer these tours. Only those that have properly established all the requirements and regulations offered by TANAPA such as Swala and Oliver’s camp are allowed to conduct these walks.
Tarangire Balloon Safaris: Join a hot air balloon ride over the Tarangire as you soar over the treetops of the Tarangire to enjoy an exceptional perspective of wildlife like lions and ungulates right below you
Bird watching: this is another common activity within the Tarangire during which devotees will be able to spot various bird species.
Climate in Tarangire National park
Tarangire National Park receives an average of 650mm of rain a year, has a bimodal precipitation pattern, with the long rains occurring in March-May, the short rains in November and December. It is especially hot between November and the beginning of January, with temperatures peaking around 29°C, and the nights are warm. While daytime temperatures rare fall below 25°C, the nights are considerably cooler during the long dry season.
How to get there
By air; Flying into Kilimanjaro International AirPort (KIA) is the best option to get to Tarangire. This is located, 46 kilometers (29 Miles) from Arusha. Another possibility is to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) which is near Dar es Salaam and then arranging for a domestic flight at Arusha Airport (ARK).
By road; The distance from Arusha to Tarangire National Park is approximately 140 km and takes about three hours’ drive to access the park. Unfortunately, many people identify a safari to Tarangire as a loner Safari, however visiting this park in the dry season will offer you remarkable wildlife views especially if you explore the southern part of the park. Tarangire ranks as part of the famous northern safari circuit and is definitely visited alongside with Serengeti and theNgorongoro crater. Arusha town is a starting point to many for most of the safaris to this circuit.