Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest National Park in Tanzania, after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi, and Mkomazi. The Tarangire National Park is situated 115 km. south of Arusha. Its a long and narrow park that covers 2850km² and runs mainly along the Tarangire River. 

The name of the park comes from the Tarangire River that runs through the park, the only source of water for wildlife during the dry season.

The park is famous for its large number of elephants, African baobab-trees, and tree-climbing pythons. During the dry months, the concentration of animals around the Tarangire River is almost as diverse and reliable as in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Tarangire National Park has the highest population density of elephants and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia-trees, makes it a beautiful and special location.
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Here you will also find a number of species that you will not see in the large parks in the west, including eland, oryx, and Grant gazelle, gerenuk sometimes called (giraffe necked antelope).

Unfortunately, the rhino is no longer seen in Tarangire.

The park lies on the southern edge of a vast habitat that extends to Amboseli in Kenya. If the country and the smaller rivers dry up, the herds go to the always-present water of the Tarangire and surrounding marshes. In June, the eland and oryx arrive first, followed by elephants, wildebeest, and zebras.

The best time to visit is from June to October. Although the herds remain here until March and the birth of thousands of calves is a fantastic sight, rain abundant vegetation and large quantities of insects makes this time less suitable for spotting wildlife.

A beautiful location in the Tarangire National Park is the Silale-swamp. This is the most northerly swamp of the large marshes in the park, who fed by natural springs is an oasis of lush green grass al year round. Many of the animals you see here are covered with mud because they are standing to their waists in water to reach for the best shoots. You will also find a large number of birds here, including the steppe and osprey, marabou, giant heron, white pelican, geese and ibises.

Around the marshes, you could also be confronted with a particular feature of this park: lions climbing in trees. The phenomenon of tree climbing lions was first observed in Manyara, but this phenomenon is scattered in Northern Tanzania. It is assumed that lions started to do this to escape from the flies and that others copy this behavior. Lions walk kilometers to a favorite tree.
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Tarangire National Park is part of the Tarangire Conservation Area. This means that in the Park strict rules and regulations are adopted for the conservation and the area is protected, but there are options left open such as:, night game-drives and also walks in the park with an armed ranger.

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