TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
The Tarangire National Park is located between the meadows of Masai Steppe to the south east and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. Among the rolling area where the park lies, it occupies an area of 2,600 square kilometers. The perennial Tarangire River takes over the northern part of Tarangire. Through the cut ditches, the River flows upwards up to when it leaves the corner of the park, in the North West flowing into Lake Burungi. There are a number of wide swamps which dry into green plains during the dry season in the south.
ATTRACTIVENESS OF TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season.
The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of:
- The largest elephant herds in Africa.
- Keep your eyes trained for hartebeests, gazelles and exotic birds like the bateleur and martial eagle
- Where open grasslands, acacia trees and the Tarangire River paint the wild landscape.
THE WILD ANIMALS IN THIS PARK DIFFER DEPENDING ON THE SEASON. IT IS ALSO LINKED TO THE FACT THAT TARANGIRE IS JUST A PART OF THE BIGGER ECOSYSTEM. MANY OF THE ANIMALS LEAVE THE PARK DURING THE MONTHS OF NOVEMBER TO MAY. THE ZEBRAS AS WELL AS LARGE HERDS OF WILDEBEESTS MOVE INTO THE NORTH-WESTERN DIRECTION TOWARDS THE RIFT VALLEY FLOOR AMONGST THE LARGE NUMBERS OF ANIMALS THAT SPREAD ACROSS THE LARGE OPEN AREAS OF THE MASAAI STEPPE.
The birds within the Tarangire are also quite many, there are over 500 species that have been identified here. The lovebirds that are yellow collared, the shy starlings are in plenty and widespread in Tanzania.