Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is about 120 km from Arusha,
bordered with Tarangire Wildlife conservation area.
Tarangire National Park is named after the Tarangire
River which runs north to south through the park. During
most of the year there are fresh water pools and swamp
areas that form. These attract and support all kinds of
wildlife year round, and it's easy to find herds of
Zebras, Wildebeests, and Elephants spread throughout the
During the dry season, as the surrounding areas dry
up, the Tarangire river becomes the only reliable source
of water. As this happens the concentrations of
all animals becomes denser as more and more animals
congregate in less and less space.
The first thing you will notice upon entering
Tarangire National Park are the massive Baobab Trees.
Their strange, leafless, root-like appearance make them
look like massive upside down potato roots. The tree is
actually less like hard wood and more of a light
material like Balsa. Elephants are known to dig in to
their wide bases when water is scarce to suck out
moisture from the trunk fiber.
Things to do in Tarangire National Park
Wildlife viewing, Culture tour to the nearby
villages, bird watching in the park and outside the
park, walking excursions on the conservation area, and
visiting Koro Rocks in Kondoa Irangi.
When to visit Tarangire National Park for wildlife
June to October is the best time to see large number
of wildebeest, elephants, zebras, and hartebeest. Not
all animals are migratory though, other animals such as
giraffes, Impala, Eland, lesser kudu, waterbuck, gazelle
and leopards can be seen throughout the year. More
people are attracted by the giant pythons and large
herds of elephants. Tarangire National park is also
famous for migrant birds.
Bird watching in Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park has estimated to have more
than 550 species of birds, including yellow collared
lovebird, rufous-tailed weaver, helmeted guinea fowl,
kori bustard, brown parrot, kestrels, harriers,
buzzards, and eagles.