TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Tarangire national park : It being the 6th largest national park in Tanzania, Tarangire national park is a home of the large elephant herds and a mini wildlife migration. Tarangire National park sits in the northern Tanzania safari circuit grasslands of the Masai plains to the south east, whereas to the north and south are the lakes of the Great Rift Valley. To the north sits the permanent Tarangire river, it is the life line of the park more so in the dry season. River Tarangire pours into Lake Burungi northwest wards. During the dry season, the swamps tend to dry up as well into dry green plains in the south.
TARANGIRE WILD LIFE MIGRATION
Since most of the parts of the country are dry from June to November, Tarangire River attracts very much wildlife since it remains as the only source of water. Some of the animals that migrate there are, zebras, wildebeests, gazelles, elephants, hartebeest, predators sometimes, buffaloes and some birds. This wildlife comes to graze and drink at the banks of the river which makes it more exciting for the safari to Tarangire national park. There is always some change of the season where the part of the country receives some rains, at this time, the large herds of zebras, and wildebeests like moving northwest to the rift valley floor amongst the large numbers of animals that cover the large surface plains of the Masai steppe diverted all the way to even Lake Manyara.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE
Tarangire national park is basically a seasonal national park where its wildlife differs depending on season also considering it being part the bigger of the ecosystem. Tarangire national park is best visited during the dry season where you will be able to view a variety of wildlife.
Tarangire national park harbors the largest elephant population in Africa, the park has over 300 members per gazelle, lesser and greater kudu sometimes, Thompson’s rhinos, Bohor reedbuck, Coke’s hartebeest, elands, impalas, giraffes, buffalos and many more. The predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas can also be seen in Tanrangire national park.
There are over 545 species of birds that can be sighted in Tarangire national park. The most common ones are the stunning yellow collared love birds and the shy starlings.
What to do at Tarangire national park
Evening and morning Game drives
Tarangire national park opens you to the morning game drive in the game drive as you view a variety of animals; the evening game drive closes your day with the onset sun set. Many animals can be seen during the game drives, they include; Elephants, buffaloes, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, zebras, fringe-eared Oryx, Coke’s hartebeests, the greater and lesser kudu. You can have a chance to view a variety of bird species too.
The walking tours are usually done at the outside boundaries of the park
Tarangire balloon safaris
The balloon safaris at Tarangire national park fly you over the park as you enjoy the view of the magnificent park. You will be able to view the animals from above.