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.
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.
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
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.