Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants as compared to anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and distinctive location to visit. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife is allowed to move freely throughout.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators —and the one place in Tanzania where dry—country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
«Famous for its large herds of elephant and impressive baobab trees, and wilder and less crowded than other parks.»
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
Tarangire National Park is the sixth biggest park in Tanzania at 2,850 km². Tarangire is the perfect national park for a day trip as well.
SIZE: 2,850 sq.km
LOCATION: Northern Tanzania
Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting. Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.
If you want a more specialized experience while crossing every animal sight off your bucket list, Tarangire might just be the ideal safari destination for you. Start planning your Suricata Safaris trip to Tarangire National Park today!