Guide To The Tarangire Park
In northern Tanzanian, the most visited spots are the popular Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. However, very few people realize that there is a rewarding destination in the region; the Tarangire National Park.
A visually appealing spectacle, the Tarangire National Park is a rather mild spot for visitors. Despite the fact, it boasts of easy accessibility and an eye-catching destination; it is one of the least-visited destinations in the Northern Safari Circuit. However, despite its low traffic, Tarangire Park has what it takes to make your safari adventure amazing. You can get some of Tanzania’s best wildlife views in Tarangire Park if you can know the best time of the year to visit.
From tree-climbing lions to alluring herds of elephant, Tarangire Park houses some of the best African savannah species. In addition to the classic species, you can also expect some special species like the long-necked gerenuk. Moreover, some of these unusual species are not found in Ngorongoro or Serengeti. Tarangire is home to apex predators, an extensive collection of bird species; overall, it is the home to an incredible list of flora and fauna.
As we earlier mentioned, visiting Tarangire Park at the right time of the year would leave you speechless. With that said, the best time to visit is in the dry season, preferably between June and October. The reason for this is that the Tarangire River is the primary destination for a huge number of animals ranging from antelopes to giraffe, buffalo, and elephant during the dry season. A Tarangire safari during the dry season will bring you close to a dense population of animals similar to those found in Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti.
The short rains in November and December mean the animals stay away from the rivers. However, January and February also present an excellent time to see a good number of animals; however, you have to be mindful of the rains in March, April, and May.
Unlike the Serengeti, which is more of an open grassland, the Tarangire is densely vegetated, and it is covered by trees, most notably along the river. The Tarangire holds the record of being the home of the weirdest-looking tree in Africa, the upside-down tree.
The Tarangire, along with Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti, make up the Northern Safari Circuit. The Tarangire National Park has good accommodation in and around the park. It is ideal for some family time, team bonding expeditions, and honeymoon getaways.