Tarangere National Park

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The Tarangere


About a 2-hour drive south of Arusha City, Tarangire is a national park spread over a long, narrow strip of 2,600 km² stretching on both sides of the river of the same name. Essentially made up of low hills lined with acacia and giant baobab vegetation, it is punctuated by huge marsh areas that feed rich grasslands.
Located in a vast migration area, the Tarangire National Park hosts a large number of animals in the dry season. From the month of June, elks, oryx, elephants, wildebeest and zebras migrate to the perennial waters of the Tarangire River and the surrounding marshes. Powered by natural springs, the green marshes are oases that host some 300 species of birds including many migratory birds. It is also near the marshes that one can observe the lions climbing in the trees.

The best time to visit Tarangire Park runs from June to October, a period that is home to the most animals, including the hundreds of elephants digging the riverbed in search of groundwater. Elephants can, however, be observed in numbers throughout the year. From December to March, births are numerous in the park.
Easy to access and inhabited by a variety of wildlife, the Tarangire is however relatively little visited by travelers, especially in its southern part. From June to October, custom safari designers from Tanzania Authentique recommend staying in the heart of the park for two nights in a row to take the time to discover it in depth. In this dry period, huge herds of elephants have migrated into the park, especially to enjoy the waters of the Tarangire River. Travelers can observe some of the highest concentrations of African elephants, especially in the Silale marshes. Between November and March, a night in the park is enough. Visiting the Tarangire provides a complete view of the diversity of parks in northern Tanzania. It is one of the must-see parks of short programs in the Arusha region.