Named after the river that flows through the park, Tarangire National Park is one of the lesser known Tanzanian National Parks, giving it a real air of undiscovered Africa. Famous for its tree climbing pythons, massive baobabs and large herds of elephant, Tarangire National Park is small but still home to a significant wildlife population, with a density of wildlife matched only by Ngorongoro. Birding is particularly good here; the swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. Tarangire works well as part of a northern circuit and can be visited en route to Manyara, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti, or on the way back. Tarangire walking safaris are a wonderful alternative to driven safaris.
Best to know in Tarangire National Park
- Second only to the Serengeti ecosystem for concentration of wildlife during the dry season.
- Herds of 300 elephants and teems of antelope crowd the dwindlingwaters of the Tarangire River and its shrinking lagoons.
- Tarangiri National Park One can see a large concentration of elephants year round.
- An incredible 550 speices of birds, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
- With luck you may see Bat eared fox, Fringe eared Oryx and White bearded wildebeest along with all the common wild animals.
- Predator populations are a big attraction here.
- Tarangire’s pythons climb trees , so keep a watchful eye on the trees too.
- Magnificent 1000-year-old giant Baobab trees punctuate the Park.
- Bird species found here include African hoopoe, bataleur, Brown parrot, Goliath heron, Helmeted guinea fowl, Hamerkop, long-toed lapwing, Madagascar bee-eater, Yellow collared lovebird, and White-bellied lourie.
- Also found here are various species of ducks, francolins, kingfishers, owls, doves, weavers, plovers, eagles, and sand pipers.