Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
The Park is known as Tanzania’s sixth largest and it is so close to Lake Manyara national park (the only Park in the country best for viewing the tree climbing lions).
Tarangire national park is 70 kilometers away from Lake Manyara national park both located in Manyara Region. The Park covers an area of about 2,850 square kilometers with a very spectacular landscape which is composed of river valley, granitic ridges and swamps well as its vegetation is a mixture of acacia woodland, baobab trees, Commiphora-Combretum woodland and seasonally flooded grassland.
The Park is one of the most attractive destinations in Tanzania consisting of very many distinct features including the Tarangire River which crosses through the Park and thus the Park’s name originated from this River.
The River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season. The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras.
During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas.
The Park is a habitant to over 550 bird species and thus it is a better destination for birders. It also resides a very large number of wildlife species and the most dominant residents in the Park are the African elephants which are resided there in huge amounts and in records, the oldest known elephant to give birth to twins is found in this national park (Tarangire) thus game viewers will be able to see that surprising and amazing old elephant.
The Park is also popular for the termite mounds that dot the landscape and also three years back (in 2015), a white giraffe due to leucism was identified in the Park and thus by chance a game viewer can spot it too in the Park.
The best period of visiting the Park is in June to November and visitors should expect to view many animals such as; Wildebeests, zebras, elephants, Cape buffaloes, giraffes, impalas, waterbucks, caracals, Grant’s gazelles, cheetahs, leopards, elands, olive baboons, mongooses, dik-dik, African lions, honey badgers to mention but a few.
Many accommodations are established within the Park where the Park’s annual visitors will originate to enjoy the various amazing activities in the Park.
The Park’s accommodations are of good quality and consist of many luxurious features such as; swimming pools, bars and free WIFI plus also a restaurant serving both local and international dishes.
Some of the accommodations within the Park include; Tarangire safari lodge, Oliver’s camp, Little Oliver’s camp, Kuro Tarangire, Tarangire sopa lodge, Oliver’s fly camp, Kirurumu Tarangire lodge, Swala camp, Maweninga tented camp, Nasikia camps, Sanctuary retreats and many others.