L ocated slightly off the main safari route, Tarangire National Park is
a lovely quiet park in Northern Tanzania that is most famous for its
elephant migration, birding and quiet authentic safari atmosphere.
With a game viewing area that is roughly ten times the size of nearby
Manyara and a concentration of game that is exceptional from July through
to October, this seasonal Tanzania safari park is a little gem on the Northern
safari circuit, especially if you love elephants.
The game viewing here from July through to October is superb and the
atmosphere and habitat is completely different from the other parks.
Tarangire is surprisingly large giving visitors the quietest game viewing
environment of all the parks in the region. The South of Tarangire, is
especially quiet, and lodges such as Swala and Olivers Camp are the perfect
place to explore this remote area, and to really get away from any other
travellers. Overall, a superb little park that offers great value compared
to its neighbours and a seriously good option for getting away from it all.
During the dry months the concentration of animals around the Tarangire
river is almost as diverse and reliable
as in the Ngorongoro Crater. However,
the ecosystem here is balanced by
a localised migration pattern that is
followed by the majority of game that resides in and around the park. As a
result, Tarangire is a park which is superb in season but questionable out of
its good months. Elephants are the main attraction with up to 3,000 in the
park during the peak season months. Peak season also sees good numbers of
wildebeest and zebra as well as giraffe, buffalo, Thompson’s gazelle, greater
and lesser kudu, eland, leopard and cheetah. The real prizes in the park are
dwarf mongoose, oryx and generuk but viewings are very rare. Tarangire is
one of Tanzania’s finest birding destinations.