Tarangire National Park
The Tarangire national park is located in Tanzania in the Manyara region. The name Tarangire originated from the Tarangire river which transverses through the park.
The Tarangire River is a source of fresh water for animals in Tarangire park, especially during the dry season. The park covers an area of 2,850 square kilometers and was established in 1970.
The Tarangire national park has diverse attractions and these comprise wildlife: (zebras, leopard, cheetah, cape buffalo, waterbuck, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, gazelles, eland, olive baboon, lion, African wild dog, Fringe-eared Oryx, honey badger, warthog). The park is an acknowledged habitat for large herds of elephants.
Plant species in the park-like acacia woodland, baobab trees, plain swamps
Bird species such as hornbills, brown parrots, hammerkops, kori bustards, yellow-necked spurfowl, bee-eaters, ostrich, helmeted guinea fowl, African grey flycatcher, striped swallows, Northern white-crowned shrike, crested francolin.
Best time to visit Tarangire national park
The tourist destination can best be visited during the dry season when a large number of wildlife are seen at Tarangire river for fresh water and this is in the months of June to October.
A tourist visiting Tarangire national park can engage in any of these amazing activities
- Bird watching
For bird lovers, Tarangire Park would be a great place to spot a good number of bird species. These occupy mostly the savannah plains and the woodlands.
- Game viewing
Tourists can catch sight of the animals at the Tarangire river as they show up in need of freshwater. The best time to see animals at the river is during the dry season.
- Cultural visit to the village of the Maasai
A visit to the Maasai village gives the tourists an opportunity to learn about their unique culture, dressing, and traditional dance. The Maasai are one of the local indigenous tribes that live in Tanzania. The tourists can also purchase handmade local products as souvenirs from the Maasai community.
- Nature walks
The travelers can use any of the trails in Tarangire Park for a walk to get an impressive scenic view of the natural environment. Birds and animals can also be sighted closely on these nature walks.
Accommodation facilities in Tarangire National Park
- Baobab Tented Camp
- Boundary Hill Lodge
- Balloon Camp Tarangire
- Tarangire Simba Lodge
- Tarangire Treetops
- Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp
How to get to Tarangire National Park
Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport 46km from Arusha or Julius Nyerere International Airport. There are charter flights from Arusha to Tarangire. The traveler may also opt to move by road from Arusha to Tarangire which is a two-hour drive approximately.