Tarangire National Park


Tarangire National Park is named after the Tarangire River that runs through the center of the park from south to northwest and drains into Lake Burungi. Tarangire offers wonderful panoramas of wide savannah grasslands with open acacia woodland studded with large Baobab trees. The density of game is second only to the Ngorongoro Crater. Tarangire contains a range of ecosystems from the grassland and acacia woodlands in the north, open plains, tree lined sand rivers, and amidst rolling woodlands is a network of large flat swamps. The park is renowned for its massive ancient baobab trees in the north, but the landscape changes significantly as you head further south in the park. Our itineraries explore the easily visited areas of Tarangire including Matete, Kitibong, Lemiyon, and Burungi with each area offering a unique experience and game viewing opportunities. The views over the vast Silale swamp to Ol Doinyo Sambu Hill are beautiful and as you travel east of Silale the habitat changes to open acacia savannah, dominated by African flat topped tortillis trees.

Tarangire is a dry season refuge for many migratory animals (elephants, wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, eland and buffalo), that spend many months of the year outside the park on traditional grazing corridors linking Tarangire with other protected areas. As water sources dry up in the park after the end of the rainy season, animals migrate to the only permanent sources of water available the Tarangire River and the Silale Swamp system. From November to May, it is common for much of the game to leave the park. While many of the animals disperse across the vast open areas of the Maasai Steppe, herds of wildebeest and zebra head north-west towards the Rift Valley offering greener pastures for grazing during the green season. During the dry season months from June to November, the game returns to the Tarangire River and the swamp area. The dry season is the best season for game viewing safari in Tarangire.

Tarangire boasts one of the largest and most conspicuous elephant populations in East Africa. There are large family groups with many calves being born each year as the population continues to recover from the devastating effects of poaching in the eighties. You will see herds of elephants and gain up-close contact with the matriarchs, the bulls, teenagers as well as their babies. Elephants can be seen in herds of up to 600 at a time, along with masses of wildebeest, zebra, eland, hartebeest, buffalo and oryx, who, migrate from the dry Maasai steppe to the gleaming Tarangire River and Silale Swamp in search of water during the dry season. Carnivores such as lion, leopard, hyena and jackals are also found in Tarangire and during the drier months prides of lions can be found by the swamps and the Tarangire River.

Resident animals you will likely encounter include impala, dik-dik, ostrich, warthog, reedbuck, giraffe, hyrax as well as kudu and oryx as well as primates including baboon, vervet, and bush baby. For those bird lovers, Tarangire boasts 550 different species of birds and is especially excellent for raptor viewing including the bateleur eagle, long-crested eagle, spotted eagle owl, fish eagle, and tawny eagle.


 

Earth's Wonders Safaris take you to:
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater
Tarangire National Park
Lake Manyara National Park
Zanzibar Island
  ... and more ...


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