Tarangire national park is an underrated wildlife reserve that is located in the northern part of Tanzania. The park was established in 1970 and covers a total area of 2850 square kilometers which is composed of woodland vegetation, large baobab and acacia trees, wildlife species including over 3000 herds of elephants, wildebeests, buffaloes, zebras, gazelles, impalas, hartebeests, elands, leopards, lions, different bird species among others.
Tarangire national park was named after Tarangire River which is a water body that flows through the park and a primary source of water that attracts large numbers of animals which come to drink water and colorful bird species. There are various reasons why you should go on a safari in Tarangire national park including
1. Large herds of elephants
The huge herds of elephants are one of the iconic symbols of the park. During the dry season, the elephants tend to flock in this park in search of water which may lead to spotting a herd with over 100 elephants. Isn’t this just amazing?
2. Old massive baobab trees
Tarangire is famous also for its massive and old baobabs. The baobab trees may reach up to 30 meters in height. Also, it is believed that the park has among the oldest baobabs with an estimation of about 1000 years.
3. Its abundant birdlife
Tarangire National Park is home to over 400 species of birds, triggering an ornithological interest to its enthusiasts. With the birds being easy to spot, the park ensures maximum satisfaction and a wonderful experience.
4. Its abundant wildlife
Tarangire National Park has the second-highest population of wildlife after the Serengeti. Some common animals in the park include leopard, cheetah, lion, zebra, wildebeest, cape buffalo, giraffe, baboon, monkeys and so much more.
5. Its diverse vegetation
Tarangire has a vast number of baobabs, acacia trees and sausage trees. The baobabs are a value to the pastoralist societies since they may be used as herbs to cure some diseases. The Tarangire river acts as a primary source of freshwater to its animals and vegetation around the park. The river tends to attract thousands of animals during the dry season, the animals come around to have water and this makes wildlife viewing excellent.
6. Close to Arusha town
Tarangire is located about 2 hours drive from Arusha town which is the starting point for most northern circuit safaris. You can drive to the park and back in just one day. A longer stay in Tarangire means that the southern reaches can be explored away from the crowds where it offers a much quieter safari experience than other parks in northern Tanzania.