Tanzania Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park lies 120 km south of Arusha, along The Great North Road highway, and is very popular for day trips from the town. Tarangire offers a wide variety of wildlife in its area of 2,850 sq. km. As in all ecosystems, the vegetation and the types of animals you find are closely correlated.  The  principal  features  of  the  park  are  the  flood  plains  and  the  grassland,  mainly  comprising  of  various  types of acacia trees, and a few scattered baobabs, tamarind and the sausage trees. The Tarangire River, after which the park is named, provides the only permanent water for wildlife in the area. When the Maasai Steppes dry up with the end  of  the  long  rains  in  June,  migratory  animals  return  to  the  Tarangire  River,  making  Tarangire  National  Park  second  only  to  Ngorongoro  in  the  concentration  of  wildlife.  This  period  stretches  between  June  and  October  and  it  is  the  best  season  for  game  viewing  in  Tarangire.  The  most  common animals found in the park include zebras, wildebeest,  lions,  leopards,  waterbucks,  giraffe,  elephants,  gazelles,  impala,  gerenuk,  lesser  kudu  and  the  beautiful  fringe-eared  Oryx.  You  may  be  lucky  to  spot  the  tree-climbing  python,  for  which  the  park  is  famous,  or  the  greater  kudu  and  the  roan antelope which are rare species in Northern Tanzania.   Over   550   bird   species   have   been   recorded in the Park.

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