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Tarangire National Park

A description of Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park park owes its name to Tarangire River, which flows across the area. It is characterized by dense vegetation of acacia and mixed woodland, the area around Tarangire River however, is dominated by huge baobab trees and old doum palm trees as well as black cotton grass. Tarangire National Park offers the same attractions as other parks in the north. Its unique aspect is the annual animal immigration that takes place during the dry season. It is the vast number of baobabs that first capture the eye as you enter Tarangire National Park. The gently rolling countryside is dotted with these majestic trees, which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them.

Location of Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is 120 km from Arusha, bordered with Tarangire Wildlife conservation area to the northeast, an area set apart by the government, to cater for the needs of the local people as a grazing ground for their herds.

Animal Migration in Tarangire National Park

While Serengeti's animal migration has attained mundane fame, for many tourists, little is known of Tarangire annual migration. The difference with Serengeti however is that, in Serengeti animals migrate away from the park during the dry season (June to October), the opposite happens in Tarangire; animals migrate from Masai Steppe to the park during the dry season. They migrate to the park in search for water, which is provided by Tarangire River, and predators migrate along in search of prey. During this period the park has the largest concentration of animals than in any park in the northern Tanzania.

Animals to be seen in Tarangire National Park

June to October is the best time to see large number of wildebeest, elephants, zebras, and hartebeest. Not all animals are migratory though, other animals such as giraffes, Impala, Eland, lesser kudu, waterbuck, gazelle and sometimes rhinos or leopards can be seen throughout the year. More people are attracted by the giant pythons and large herds of elephants. Tarangire National Park  is also famous for migrant birds.


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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