Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is a conservation area of 2,850 sq kilometers (1,100 sq mi) in Manyara Region of Tanzania, where the Tarangire River passes through the park as the primary source of freshwater for wildlife in the Tarangire ecosystem during the annual dry season that provides wildebeest and zebra migration.

Tarangire National Park has spectacular views of granite mountains, river valleys and swamps containing mixed vegetation including acacia forest, combretum forest, seasonally flooded meadows, and Baobab trees. Thousands of animals concentrate on Tarangire National Park from other areas during the dry season.

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The park is famous for its high density of elephants and the dry season being the destination of large herds of thousands of zebra (Equus), wildebeest (Connochaetes) and Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer). Other common inhabitants include waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), dik-dik (Madoqua), impala (Aepyceros melampus), and common eland (Taurotragus oryx).

Also grant's gazelle (Nanger granti), vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), banded mongoose (Mungos mungo), and olive baboon (Papio anubis). Predators in Tarangire include lion (Panthera leo), leopard (Panthera pardus), cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), caracal (Caracal caracal), honey badger (Mellivora capensis), and African wild dog (Lycaon pictus).

The park is home to more than 550 species of birds, this park is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. Tarangire is known to have the largest elephant population in Tanzania where during the dry season comes a herd of up to 300 elephants gathered and dug the land on the banks of the Tarangire river to seek underground flow on a dry surface.

The Tarangire River became the only source of water and attracted many flocks. In the east and south of the park are swamp networks providing vital water reservoirs and shelters. The forest area is home to hoopoes, hornbills, brown parrots, the white-bellied, and helmeted guinea fowl.

Other popular birds include yellow necked spurfow, the crested francolin, yellow-collared lovebirds, lilac breasted rollers, mousebirds, swifts, striped swallows, starlings, bee-eaters, hammerkops, plovers, kori bustards, bateleur eagles, steppe eagles, and the gigantic lappet-faced vulture.

Acacia and baobab as the tree of life within the region. Baobab gets a different shape and stores 300 to 1000 liters of water in a swollen body. Capable of living up to 600 years and very common in Tarangire National Park. Baobab is an important food source for Tarangire animals where edible seeds and bark are used by elephants to sharpen ivory.

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Location: Manyara Region, Tanzania

Routes and public transport: Flights to Arusha Airport in Arusha City, or Kilimanjaro International Airport. Then use the park vehicle. Tarangire National Park is 118 kilometers (73 miles) from Arusha, 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Lake Manyara, and 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Ngorongoro Crater.

Advice: The middle and late dry season from late June to October is the best time to watch wildlife in Tarangire National Park.