About Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is a popular wildlife conservation area in Tanzania. It is known for its diverse wildlife, stunning landscapes, and large herds of elephants.
Tarangire National Park is situated in the Manyara Region of northern Tanzania. It covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles) and lies about 118 kilometers (73 miles) southwest of Arusha, the nearest major city.
The park is characterized by a mix of grasslands, floodplains, riverine vegetation, and acacia woodlands. The Tarangire River, which flows through the park, provides a permanent water source, attracting a wide variety of wildlife.
Tarangire National Park is renowned for its rich and diverse wildlife population. It is home to large herds of elephants, which are a major highlight of the park. Other commonly spotted animals include lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, buffaloes, and various antelope species. The park is also a haven for bird enthusiasts, with over 550 bird species recorded.
Tarangire National Park is famous for its annual elephant migration. During the dry season (from June to October), thousands of elephants migrate from the surrounding areas to the park in search of water and food, creating a spectacular sight.
The park is dotted with iconic baobab trees, which are unique and ancient giants. These trees can live for several centuries and have a distinct appearance, with thick trunks and sparse branches. They provide shade and serve as gathering points for wildlife.
Visitors to Tarangire National Park can enjoy a range of activities, including game drives, guided walks, and birdwatching. The park offers excellent opportunities for wildlife photography and is relatively less crowded compared to other popular national parks in Tanzania.
The park is accessible by road from Arusha, which is a common starting point for safaris in northern Tanzania. The closest airstrip is the Kuro Airstrip, which is about a 30-minute drive from the park's entrance.