Tarangire

The territory of the giants and long-livers, that remained almost intact to the present day

National Park overview

The name derives from the Tarangire River that cuts the park and supplies surrounding flora and fauna with fresh water necessary for life. In Tarangire National Park one of the largest colonies of baobab-centenarians can be found. In the dry season, many herbivores migrate to the river, hoping to find a salvation from drought. To get to the underground water herds of wildebeests, zebras and buffaloes are hovering near the dried up lagoon, awaken hunting instincts of lions and leopards. Everyone wants to grab a piece of the life-giving water.

Inhabitants

Tarangire is famous for its elephants, which are peacefully strolling among the baobab trees, digging the channel of the Tarangire River in search of the water and distilling off predators from small elephants. Predators are not rare here, most likely you will see a large number of lions and cheetahs, sleeping in the shadow of the trees. These big cats do not differ from our pets: they prefer to sleep most of the time laying on each other. Among the other inhabitants of the park you can find: giraffes, zebras, hyenas, Thomson's gazelles, mongooses and even rare gerenuks.

Interesting facts

Tarangire is of big interest in the dry season, from July to October, when all the animals assemble to the river. Large herds of elephants do not go far from watering, because they need to drink from 100 to 300 liters of water per day to survive. This park is interesting for birdwatchers by a large number of nesting birds, such as kori bustard. It is the largest flying bird among the living, the weight of males is up to 20 kilograms. There are also small groups of hornbills, eternally warring with each other, one of the endemic bird is yellow-collared lovebird. For travelers who choose to stay in the park for a few days there are options of walking safaris and nighttime game drives.

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Tarangire ON THE MAP