Tarangire National Park is one of Tanzania’s well-known national parks, as well as one of the best in the entire East African region. In 1970, the park was designated as a national park, and in 2005, it was designated as a Lion Conservation Unit. It is known for its massive herds of elephants and is one of Tanzania’s most visited national parks. The park is part of the well-known Tanzania Northern Tourist Circuit, which includes the Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara national parks. The park has a total area of 2,850 square kilometers, making it one of the country’s largest parks. The Tarangire River, which separates the park into two parts, is named after it. The river also serves as a source of fresh water for the park’s diverse wildlife.
Granite ridges, swamps, and river valleys make up the park’s ecosystem. Acacia woodlands, seasonal flooded ponds, Combretum forests, baobab trees, and grasslands make up the park’s landscape.
The park’s greatness stems from its large population of wildlife, especially African elephants and lions.
The park is home to four of the five African big five, with the Rhinos being the only exception. Elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, wildebeests, gazelles, topis, hyenas, zebras, giraffes, and other large game can be found in the park.
The park is known for its huge herds of African Elephants; visitors will only see the biggest herds of Elephants during a game drive in Tarangire National Park. Short open grass fields littered with Boabab trees, savannahs, swampy plants, and the Marshes dominate the park.
Location of the Tarangire National park.
It is situated within the Great Rift Valley. Mkungunero game controlled area, Kwakuchinja and Mto Wa Mbu game controlled areas make up the park ecosystem. The park is situated in Arusha’s southern region. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to drive there on a paved decent lane. The journey is scenic, passing through the Great Rift Valley area, local plantations, and Maasai cultural centers (Manyata). It’s located along the main safari road that links to all of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions in the north. One of the most easily visited parks is the lovely quiet, tranquil protected environment. The park can be accessed by both road and by the flight. The domestic flights are available from Arusha directly to the park small airstrips.
Tarangire National Park is crowned by the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa’s seven natural wonders. Because of the park’s favorable climatic conditions, it can be viewed at any time of year.
The Baobab trees and short grasslands dominate the vegetation. The best time to visit the park is from June to September, which is the longest dry season of the year. From December to February, you can also visit the park.
Tarangire National Park’s Attractions
Nature has endowed Tarangire National Park with a diverse selection of attractions.
This are the main attractions that visitors come to see.
The attractions listed below can be seen during your wildlife safari at the park.
This park is home to over 500 bird species that live there year-round. The diverse selection of residents at the park has provided breeding ground for the park’s diverse bird species. Aquatic birds, savannah grassland bird species, and woodland bird species can all be found in the park. At the park headquarters, the Ash starlings greet the visitors.
The following are some of the park’s bird species: Ash starlings are the park’s most common bird, other birds include: hornbills, woodpeckers, Yellow necked Spurfowl, Northern white crown shrike, Black necked weaver, white faced whistling duck, red billed hornbill, pygmy falcon, African Marsh harrier, Black headed heron, African Hoopoe, kori bustard, Lilac breasted roller among others.
The Maasai people were the first to live in the park. Locals were driven out of the park and settled around it until the park was gazetted and proclaimed a park. The Maasai are an African people with one of Africa’s most distinct cultures and customs. Only the Maasai have not seen their identity shift as a result of modernization.
The Barbaiq, also known as Mangati, Wambugwe, and wa Iraqw, are three other tribes that surround the park.
Many of these tribes have distinct communities that contribute to Tanzania’s tourism industry.
The park has over 3000 elephants,Lions, leopards, and buffaloes, with only rhinos absent from the African big five. The oldest Elephant gave birth to twins in Tarangire National Park, and they are now adults. Located along the Maasai Steppe and other mountains to the south that provide good fresh grass for uncommon Antelopes such as fringed-eared Oryx, long-necked gerenuk, and other Antelope species like Zebras, giraffes, gazelles, cheetahs, leopards, tigers, elephants, honey Badgers, African wild Dogs, Mongoose, baboons, monkeys, dik-dik, wildebeest, and other species can be found in Tarangire National Park.
Hot Air Balloon safaris
Tarangire National Park is one of the few parks in Tanzania that offers hot air balloon safaris.
As you float on top of the park’s Boabab trees, take in the eagle eye view. This is a one-of-a-kind encounter in which more activities in the wilderness are observed as close to the animals as possible with no off-tracking. Tarangire National Park’s hot air balloon safaris take place early in the morning along the Tarangire Gorge. Any operators run Hot Air Balloon safaris on a private basis, with a limited number of passengers per day.
Tarangire National Park is home to over 500 bird species that live in various eco systems within the park.
This has earned the park the reputation of being a birding paradise, with access to all of the required birding equipment. Birding is performed during the rainy season, from March to May, and November, when the birds are laying their eggs. You can capture live flying images with a proper camera and binoculars. This is also the month that the park welcomes migratory birds from all over Africa, as well as those from Europe. Ashy starlings, Secretary birds, lovebirds, hornbills, woodpeckers, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Northern white crown shrike, and Black-necked weaver white faced whistling duck, red billed hornbill, pygmy falcon, African Marsh harrier, Black headed heron, African Hoopoe, kori bustard, Lilac breasted roller among others
Game drives in four-wheel-drive safari cars are the perfect way to see the African wilderness.
Longer, more rewarding game drives should be taken early in the morning when the park is still busy.
Afternoon, full-day, and night game drives are among the other options. The game drives are included with the park entrance prices, but after you’ve paid the park entry fee, you can go on all of the game drives. Lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, zebras, giraffes, kudu, and oryx, to name a handful, are among the park’s permanent inhabitants.
The perfect months to go on a game drive in Tanrangire are the dry months where the ground is dry.