Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is home to more African Elephants per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world. Being in this park you will be able to appreciate one of the world last enclaves of wildlife. The wildlife works in harmony with one another to create an environment where all animals can coexist. The monkeys eat berries from the tops of the trees and throw their pits down to the waiting springboks. The Baobab tree legend says that the baobab once angered God and as a result it was thrown to the earth and planted upside down. Whether thrown from the heavens or grown from the ground it creates an incredible natural hiding spot for predators, just as the ponds and watering holes form natural pools for the elephants and hippos to cool down in during the hot summer months.
Many of the large animals of Tarangire move outside the park to some of the most productive rangelands in the world and give birth there. The national park’s extensive swamps are important water catchments. These swamps form an important dry season refuge particularly for elephants and buffaloes. These swamps are found in the Eastern and Southern parts of the park and they feed the river that flows North West and then West and then empties into lake Burunge.
Over 550 species have been recorded in the park, of which several are threatened or endemic.The park’s Acacia Savannah habitat is also among one of the richest in the world for breeding birds.The several swamps and water pools in the park offer many spectacular viewing locations and opportunities for bird watching.
The Tarangire River is the only reliable source of water for wildlife of the Maasai Steppe during the dry season. The dry season usually occurs between July to November whereby large animals that dispersed throughout the landscape return to the park as natural water holes outside the park dry up. Wildlife viewing is easiest during this time, with many animals visiting the rivers and swamps at least once a day. You will like to see elephants, warthogs, impalas, giraffes, waterbucks, buffalos, who are not only feeding but scouting their prey. Interestingly enough, baboons and black faced monkeys can be seen opening elephants dung looking for unfinished seeds and berries.
Its close proximity to Arusha allows for the possibility of unforgettable wildlife experiences all year round.