Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. The Tarangire National Park is an ornithologists paradise, rich in birds of prey and a splendid diversity of avifauna. The Tarangire National Park is located in Manyara Region. The name of ‘Tarangire National Park’ originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season. The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras. During the dry season, thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas.
Tarangire National Park is home for herds of elephants inside the dry season; whilst game congregates alongside the river. This park is symbolized by the baobab trees, developing in open acacia woodland.
Tarangire National Park
During the dry season, the Tarangire National Park will shrivel to a shadow of its’ wet season self, but it’s crowded with miles of flora and fauna. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that right here, there’s usually water. Herds of up to three hundred elephants scratch the parched river mattress for underground streams whilst migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, gazelle, hartebeest, eland and oryx crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s a smorgasbord for predators – the best awareness of wildlife outside the Serengeti atmosphere.
The Tarangire National Park is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. Visitors to the park in the dry season, June to November, can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest and cape buffalo. Other common resident animals include waterbuck, giraffe, dik-dik, impala, eland, Grant’s gazelle, vervet monkey, banded mongoose, and olive baboon. Predators in Tarangire include lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, honey badger, and African wild dog.
The oldest known elephant to give birth to twins is found in Tarangire. A recent birth of elephant twins in the Tarangire National Park is a great example of how the birth of these two healthy and thriving twins can beat the odds.