Another of Tanzania’s great national parks is the Tarangire – a relatively quiet, seasonal park situated south east of the Lake Manyara National Park. It is named after the Tarangire River that runs through it – the only source of water during the dry season. The park is wild and remote and has fabulous views over volcanic mountain ranges, making it a spectacularly scenic spot for enjoying an exclusive Tanzania safari.
The vegetation in the Tarangire is very diverse and has a mix of indigenous species that are not found elsewhere in the northern circuit. An interesting feature is the huge number of baobab trees that are dotted all over the landscape as well as the dense bush and high grasses. The Tarangire is also known for its largest concentrations of free roaming elephants that no other park in Africa can match. Huge of up to 600 can be seen and during the dry season the numbers congregating at the river are even higher. There are also good numbers of other animal species including wildebeest, impala, giraffe, tree climbing lions, python, baboon, cheetah and leopard. The birdlife is especially prolific with over 600 species having been recorded.
This Tanzania safari park is a great choice for those in search of a private and exclusive safari experience. Although the Tarangire can be visited throughout the year, the best time for game viewing is between the months and June and February when the temperatures remain fairly constant between 20 and 27 degrees Celsius.
A safari to the Tarangire combines well with any of the other reserves in the northern circuit, followed by a few days on the island of Zanzibar. It also combines well with a Great Migration safari to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya.