Day Trip Safari to Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park in Tanzania lies 120 kilometers southwest of Arusha, along The Great North Road highway, and is very popular for a day trip. It is the sixth largest park in Tanzania and covers the area of 2,600 square kilometers. The park stretches southeast of Lake Manyara around the Tarangire River and offers a wide variety of wildlife.
Wildlife in the Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park has the highest number of elephants, exceeding Lake Manyara and famous Serengeti. You will also find buffalo, cheetah, kudu, leopard, lion, giraffe, zebra, hyena, wildebeest, baboon, impala, waterbuck and more than 550 bird species. The unique aspect of the park is the annual animal migration that takes place during the dry season (between August and October). Breathtaking views of the landscape and diverse wild animals running through the park will make this experience unforgettable.
How to Get to Tarangire National Park
We visited the park with Congema Tours as a part of our journey through Tanzania. The best way to travel is to book your safari through a company that arranges everything for the duration of your journey. You will have a private vehicle with the driver/guide who will take you where you want to go. It is also a great idea that you stay in the area for a day or two, this way you will have more time to spend in the park. We stayed at Nimali Tarangire Camp, just outside the park and took a day trip safari to Tarangire National Park.
Safari Activities in Tarangire National Park
There are lots of different safari activities in Tarangire such as walking safari, game drives, bird watching, a visit to the Maasai village and different community visits. If you are staying at one of the lodges in the park, you can also enjoy bush breakfast or dinner and of course the amazing sunsets in nature. Because the park is a part of an extended ecosystem, the animals roam freely and you can spot them even outside your tent.
When to visit Tarangire National Park
The park can be visited the whole year around. It is dominated by the Tarangire River which provides the only permanent water for wildlife in the area and from which the Park gets its name. There are large swamps in the southern section of the Park which attracts the huge herds and an incredible array of birds, especially in the green season. In high season, from June to October, herds of up to 300 elephants can often be seen as they dig for water in the dry riverbeds, looking for underground streams. Large herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland migrate down from Lake Manyara National Park and the Park becomes home to more than 550 species.
Where to stay in Tarangire National Park
There is a wide range of accommodation available in Tarangire National Park, from public campsites to luxury lodges. You can check out luxury tented camp Nimali Tarangire for your stay.
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