Tarangire National Park
Large Elephant Population
BEST TIME TO GO
June to October. The lack of rainfall means animals will flock to the Tarangire River, making it a lot easier to spot them during game drives.
The name “Tarangire” originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park and it is situated in Tanzania’s Manyara Region. During the annual dry season, the Tarangire River is the main source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire ecosystem and it is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebra. Thousands of animals concentrate here by the droves from Manyara National Park during the dry season.
Choked with wildlife, thirsty nomads wander hundreds of parched kilometers headed for the Tarangire River knowing it flows with fresh water. Migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and elands crowd the shrinking lagoons of the Tarangire National Park which makes for the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem.
The sixth-largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi, and Mkomazi, Tarangire National Park is famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape and it is home to more than 550 bird species, a haven for bird enthusiasts.
Its vegetation is a culmination of bushlands, acacia woodland, combretum woodland, wetlands and seasonal floodplains, hilltop and deep gully vegetation, and ancient baobab trees. A quintessential spectacle built for those who want to step that much further off the beaten track to experience a truly wild area.
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