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Tarangire National Park Safari & Tours

Tarangire National Park  is about 120 km from Arusha, bordered with Tarangire Wildlife conservation area  to the northeast, an area set apart by the government, to cater for the needs of the local people as a grazing ground for their herds. (see the map PDF)
The national park owes its name to Tarangire River, which flows across the area. It is characterized by dense vegetation of acacia and mixed woodland, the area around Tarangire River however, is dominated by huge baobab trees and old doum palm trees to a lesser prominence, as well as black cotton grass. Though it is not as famous as other parks in the north, Tarangire offers the same attractions as other parks in the north. Its unique aspect is the annual animal immigration that takes place  during the dry season and the birdlife which is spectacular to the northern parks.
While Serengeti's animal migration has attained mundane fame, for many tourists, little is known of Tarangire annual migration. The difference with Serengeti however is that, in Serengeti animals migrate away from the park during the dry season (June to October), the opposite happens in Tarangire; animals migrate from Maasai Steppe to the park during the dry season. They migrate to the park in search for water, which is provided by Tarangire River, and predators migrate along with in search for preys. During this period the park has the largest concentration of animals than in any park in the northern Tanzania.
Tarangire National Park
When to visit for wildlife: June to October is the best time to see large number of wildebeest, elephants, zebras, and hartebeest. Not all animals are migratory though, other animals such as giraffes, Impala, Eland, lesser kudu, waterbuck, gazelle and leopards can be seen throughout the year. More people are attracted by the giant pythons and large herds of elephants. the park is also famous for migrant birds. the park has estimated to have more than 550 species of birds, including yellow collared lovebird, rufous-tailed weaver, helmeted guinea fowl, kori bustard, brown parrot, kestrels, harriers, buzzards, and eagles.
Tarangire National Park Safari & Tours
Zebra in Tarangire - Near the Baobab tree
Things to do in Tarangire: Wildlife viewing, Culture tour to the nearby villages, bird watching in the park and outside the park, walking excursions on the conservation area, and visiting Koro Rocks in Irangi.
Distances: 2 hours from Arusha, 1 hour to Ngorongoro Crater, 45 min. to Manyara and 3 hours to Serengeti National Park
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