Tarangire National Park – Elephant Hangout
In the Tarangire National Park, the Tarangire River provides a vital life source for the huge amount of game. Particularly wildebeest, zebra and buffalo that migrate here during the dry season, from June to October. A little known fact is that, at the end of the dry season (September to November), the elephant concentration in Tarangire National Park rivals the Serengeti migration earlier on in the year. Generally June to early November are the best times for a Tarangire safari.
Tarangire’s vast numbers of ancient baobab trees immediately captures your eye. Often referred to as ‘the land of the giants’, Tarangire National Park is dominated by huge baobab trees. Many rubbed raw from the large herds of elephant. You can also see plenty of lovely acacia tortillis trees with their characteristic flat-topped silhouette.
Although famous for its elephant herds and baobab trees, a Tarangire safari offers much more. Zebra and wildebeest as well as giraffe, eland and buffalo. Thompson’s gazelle, Cooke’s hartebeest, greater and lesser kudu can also often be seen. Cheetahs tend to prefer the open swamp areas of the south. But the quantity of plains game naturally attracts other predators like lion and the elusive leopard. All this is complimented by arguably the best bird diversity in East Africa. Including some Tanzania endemics such as the yellow-collared lovebirds. Over 490 bird species have been recorded here.
Your Tarangire Safari – When to Visit
It’s important to look at the animal migration patterns throughout Tanzania when considering when to visit. At the end of the dry season (from late November/early December onwards) the game tends to leave the Tarangire. As there is a choice of nutritious grasses elsewhere. Herds of zebra and wildebeest head to the Rift Valley floor. However, as the dry season begins again in June, the game returns to Tarangire National Park. Drawn by the wide Tarangire river and the swamps of the southern Tarangire park. Game-viewing at this time can be extremely rewarding.
Tarangire Lodges &Camps
The Tarangire lodges are located both inside the national park and just outside its borders. Both locations have their merits. Located immediately outside the park bounds, long-term favourites such as Tarangire Treetops can offer interaction with the local community and night time game drives. Inside the park itself the best are Oliver’s Camp and its sister property, Little Oliver’s; Sanctuary Swala and Nomad Kuro. More affordable lodging is found at Maramboi and Lake Burunge Tented Camps.