Attractions of Tarangire National Park : Tarangire National park  is a National Park found in Manyara region of Tanzania. The park got its name from Tarangire rivers which crosses the park and it is the primary source of water to the wildlife in the entire Tarangire ecosystem. The Tarangire ecosystem is famous because of the famous the largest terrestrial mammals migration in the world. During the great migration millions of wildebeest and Zebras move and congregate here for calving and dispersal.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park was established in 1970 near the city of Arusha. It covers the area of 2,850 kilometres square which is equivalent to 1,100 Square miles. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations receiving and average of more than 160,000 visitors per year. The park just like other parks in Tanzania are governed by Tanzania National Parks Authority. Tarangire National Park is home to the oldest elephant to give birth to twins ,this shows how these largest land animals

Wildlife

Tarangire National Park is famous and well known for its  high density elephants and the Baobab trees. When you visit the park in the months of June to November which happens to be the dry season ,it is  during this season that the vegetation cover is short providing optimum wildlife viewing experience. Some of the notable animals that inhabit the park are ; Elephants, zebras, Giraffes, Hyena, Hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle,  Grant’s Gazelle, Waterbuck, Warthogs, Dik-Dik, elands, impalas, vervet monkeys and Olive baboons among others. The predators available in the park include, leopards, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, Caracals, serval cats, honey badger and African wild dogs.

Birding

Tarangire National Park is one of the outstanding birding destinations, it is home to over 550 birds species. The park is a birding area and a bird haven for bird watchers. Tarangire National Park is known for being a wonderful birding destination, its large number of game and the landscape too is scenic due to its large number of baobab trees.

Attractions of Tarangire National Park
Biriding in Tarangire

Some of the birds found in Tarangire National park are : Common Ostrich, Southern pochard, Egyptian Goose, Maccoa duck, White-faced whistling duck, Garganey, Yellow-billed duck, Cape teal , Red billed teal, Spur-winged goose, Comb duck, African Pygmy goose, Vulturine guinea fowl, Helmeted guinea fowl, Common quail, Greater flamingos ,Lesser flamingos, Little grebe, laughing dove, Slender tailed Nightjar, African palm swift, great spotted Cuckoo, African crake, Common moorhen, Grey crowned crane , Hadada ibis, Great cormorant, Common sandpiper, Egyptian vulture, Bateleur, Blue cheeked bee-eater, Hartlaub’s Bustard among others birds.

Baobab trees

The Baobab trees which have been nicknamed the trees of life adds up to the beautiful landscape of the Tarangire National Park. The tree is special because it keeps the soil conditions humid , it promotes nutrients recycling and helps in preventing soil erosion.

The tree is succulent which means that they store water in its huge trunks during the rainy season. The water which was stored during the rainy season is used up by the tree during the dry season . It has six species in which all the six are found in Madagascar and the other species are found in 32 African countries. The tree can grow up to the height of 18 metres, has a diameter 9 metres and can live up to 5,000 years. The Baobab tree provide food ,shelter and water for animals and humans living in the savannah, that’s the reason why  many communities makes their homes near the Baobab tree.

The Baobab tree has fruits and  is one of the most nutritious foods. Every part of the Baobab tree is valuable, the bark can be used in making ropes and clothing, the seeds are used in making cosmetics oil, its leaves are edible, trunks can store water and the fruits are extra ordinary rich in  nutrients.

Baobab is the only tree in which its fruits dry up in the tree branch instead of falling down. It dries up in the branch converting its green velvety  coating into a hard coconut-like shell. The pulp of the fruit dries up completely ,meaning the fruit is ready to be harvested, Attractions of Tarangire National Park

Tarangire river

It is a perennial river that has its source in central Manyara region in Tanzania. The park has its sources in Babati District, second source at Irangi hills in Kondoa District and the third source being in Irangi escarpment Kondoa District. The river rises from the Highlands of wasi ,before falling down the Kondoa escarpment. It flows east to Chubi before it turns North into Tarangire National Park. It is the primary source of water to the wildlife in Tarangire National park  which entirely depend on the water. The river then flows west then South before pouring its mouth into Lake Burunge.

Swamp

One of the highlights and a must visit places of the Tarangire National Park is the swamp area ,which is located in the Southern part of the park. The Silale swamp is a fascinating place ,where it is green most of the times of the year with a backdrop of dry grounds, you are really likely to enjoy this place if you happen to visit it during the dry season. The Silale swamp acts like a sponge storing water during the rainy season and releasing it slowly back into river Tarangire during the dry season, Attractions of Tarangire National Park

The Silale swamp covers an area of 70 kilometres square ,with a picnic area where one can relax and have a view  the expanse of park. The Silale swamp attracts Elephants, which feeds on the lush grass, other animals which are attracted to the swamp are ; African wild dogs, Tarangire leopards are also likely to be spotted in this area. The African Rock python is also likely to be seen here .

The best time to visit Tarangire National Park

The best time to visit Tarangire National Park is during the dry months between June to November .It is during this period that you’ll find animals around River Tarangire. It is here where the animals are likely to find some green grass for herbivores, leaves and fruits along the river for the monkeys. The presence of all the other animals also attracts predators such as Lions, cheetahs and Leopards who hide in the nearby bushes to spot their target prey.

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