Tarangire National Park is located south of the vast open grass-plains of the Maasai lands, covering an estimated area of 1,600 sq miles or 2,600 sq km. it is only 75 miles southwest of the town of Arusha. This park can best be toured along the northern Tanzania Safari Circuit.
The park offers spectacular views of vast savannah grass lands scattered with acacia wood lands and giant Baobab trees. Tarangire’s overwhelming population of wild animals comes second to that in the impressive Ngorongoro Crater.
Tarangire can be visited all through the yea r although it has different seasons that offer different experiences, and these range from the dusty dry season characterized with several animals congesting the banks of the river whose water levels are decreasing, to the prolific green season characterized by new-born wild animals as well as chattering birds. However we best recommend that you should avoid visiting the park during the months of April as well as May since they receive heavy rains.
Through the dry season, Tarangire is a refuge for numerous migratory animals among which are elephants, buffalos, wildebeests, elands, zebras and gazelles. These normally spend several months on the exterior of the park grazing in the corridors that connect Tarangire with the adjacent protected animals habitats.
ANIMALS AND BIRDS
Large herds of up to 600 Elephants are commonly seen together with numerous numbers of wildebeests, zebras, oryx, elands, buffalos and hartebeests that migrate from the arid Maasai steppe all the way to the flourishing River Tarangire as they look for water through the dry months.
The water levels of the river normally reduce but continue to provide water to these various animals that congest the river banks in large numbers. During this time, Predators have a lot of prey to feast on. There are also tree climbing pythons which just like other snake all try to keep away from humans.
The most flourishing months are from November all through to February as the park is full of green shoots that do well for the new population newly born wildebeests plus zebras. At the start of March the park is very verdant with wild flowers plus butterflies. There are various types of Birds with over 550 species recorded.
The large buffalo herds found in the park are commonly seen in the unspoiled woodlands found in the northern part of the park. The Seronera valley found in the middle of the park is blessed with a wealth of grazing pastures that attract numerous animals among which are reedbucks, giraffes and warthogs plus numerous carnivores like lions and leopards.
In the southern part of the park is Lake Ndutu a saline that attracts thousands of flamingoes, plus River Grumeti found in the west which is home to giant Nile crocodiles.
Dry Season: starts in June to the end of September, plus January to February and is the best time to view game Wet Season: The short rains begin in November to December and long rains start in March up to May