Looking for a quiet safari experience, that is off the beaten track and gives you a better chance to animal viewing, unlike the always-crowded national parks like Serengeti and Ngorongoro? We suggest you consider visiting the Tarangire National Park for a vacation! No more thinking over the idea, July to October makes the best time to visit the national park, so get ready with your cameras, binoculars, wide brimmed hats and safari shorts for an adventure like never before, karibu Tarangire!
Credited to be the sixth largest national park in Tanzania and covering an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometres, the Tarangire National Park is located in heart of the Manyara Region. The national park is named after the Tarangire River that makes a major source of water for wild animals during the dry seasons. As a result, a number of animals migrate from Manyara to the Tarangire National Park. The vegetation at the Tarangire National Park is exceptionally diverse with the hilly landscape covered with high density of Baobab trees, tall grasses and lush bushes.
Surprisingly, in spite of the dense vegetation, making it a great habitat for wild animals and awe-inspiring scenery, Tarangire remains a quiet and a widely unexplored national park, giving it another great reason to be explored over your vacations!
The Tarangire National Park is popular for its elephant population. Photo: turismodigital.com
Tarangire is famous for elephant migrations especially during the dry seasons, between the months of June and November, as the elephants migrate all the way to the Tarangire River to bathe in the river, spray water at themselves and quench their thirsts. Apart from the large elephant population, Tarangire also provides a safe habitat for wildebeests, Thompson’s gazelle, greater and lesser kudu, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, elands, leopards and cheetahs. In addition, if you get lucky you could even get a rare glimpse of dwarf mongoose, oryx and generuk.
Tarangire is a safe habitat for a number of wild animals. Photo: safaribookings.com
Home to over 500 various species of birds, and claimed to be the largest breeding ground in the world for bird species, Tarangire makes one of the finest birding destinations in the whole of Tanzania. The Silale Swamp makes one of the best breeding points for birds, and thus makes a must-visit spot for bird lovers. Therefore, if you are the kind who loves the cooing and chirping of the birds, and would love to go for an adventure that is not too over the edge, we recommend going for a bird watching safari at the Tarangire National Park.
Tarangire is the largest breeding ground for birds! Photo: safaribookings.com
The Tarangire national park, although not frequented by many tourists around the year, as compared to the more popular safari destinations like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Park, yet offers a number of activities for its visitors to make their visit more memorable than ever.
Apart from the usual game drive during the daytime, visitors also have options of going for a walking safari and night safari. Walking safaris are great to explore relatively unknown species of animals that one is likely to miss out from their game drive cars, and spotting animals from an unbelievably close proximity. While, night safaris allow the tourists to view some of the rare nocturnal animals that are hard to spot in the daylight. Although, the option of boat safari is still not available at Tarangire, but if you are willing to face some adventure, and not scared to spend a night in the jungle, fly camping trip can be a great option to explore!
Tarangire provides a number of activities for adventure seekers. Photo: africaexclusivesafaris.com
The Tarangire National Park is although less popular among tourists, it surprisingly makes one of the most easily accessible national parks in Tanzania. If you are planning to visit the Tarangire National Park for your vacations, below are some great options through which you can easily explore the national park.
The Tarangire National Park is located on the northern safari circuit of Tanzania that joins the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. Therefore, the national park can be easily accessed through a smooth road, with Arusha town as the starting point.
There are a couple of options to get to the Tarangire National Park through air. Flying to the Kilimanjaro International Airport makes a popular choice among the tourists. The distance between Kilimanjaro Airport and Arusha town is around 46 km that can easily be accessed by road. Another option is to directly fly to the Arusha Airport from Dar es Salaam and start the road trip to Tarangire from there.
Tourists coming in from abroad can also fly to Nairobi, Kenya, then get to Arusha by a bus, and start their game drive from Arusha town.
If you wish to avoid the long drive from Arusha to Tarangire, charter flights can be organized from Arusha with a stopover at the Serengeti National Park.
Pack your bags for an unforgettable trip to the Tarangire National Park! Photo: kiliadventures.com
Tarangire National Park offers a great adventure to tourists who are willing to explore a widely unfrequented location! So, if you are planning for a trip that would not only take you off your busy routines, but also help you make some great memories to remember your entire life, we suggest going for a vacation at the Tarangire National Park! The hilly terrains, the lush vegetation and the abundance of wildlife, make Tarangire a majestic land in itself!
Plan Your Trip: 4 days at Tarangire National Park!
Arrive at the national park, and organize your first game drive
Start early morning for your game drive to catch glimpse of both nocturnal and diurnal animals. Organize a walking safari and a night safari if you are adventurous enough.
Go for bird watching and your final game drive of the trip.
This article was originally published in Incredible Dar magazine.