TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Elephants in Tarangire
Tarangire National Park is among the most diverse parks in Tanzania: a little gem on the Northern Safari Circuit. The Park is 2850 sq. km in size and is located 118 km southwest of Arusha. It derives its name from the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water for wildlife in the area.

The ecosystem of the park is determined by the main migration routes of several species and extends into the game controlled areas and wildlife management areas that surround the parks boundaries on the vast Maasai Steppe.

The park boasts large herds of elephant and provides excellent habitat for lion, leopard, buffalo and many antelope species unique to East Africa, including the lesser kudu, fringe-eared oryx, gerenuk and grant’s gazelle.

Herds of up to 300 elephants can often be seen, as they dig for water in the dry riverbeds, looking for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the plains.

Tarangire is well known for it’s ancient baobab trees and the habitat is completely different from other parks. During the dry season from June to October, thousands of animals migrate to Tarangire National Park from Lake Manyara National Park, and it becomes home to more than 550 species.

While during the green season the park transforms into a flourishing lush garden. The park has wonderful experiences to offer throughout the year.

Migratory birds are present from November to April. A retreat for bird lovers, the park swamps have one of the largest selections of breeding birds anywhere in the world.

The yellow collared love birds and ashy starlings are usually seen along the Tarangire River.

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