GUIDE ON TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK IN TANZANIA
Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania is not as well branded as a safari holiday destination in Africa as Serengeti or the Ngorongoro Crater, but the tributaries and swamps of the Tarangire River provide permanent water sources when surrounding shallow lakes dry up, thus attracting a migratory movement of up to 250,000 mammals during the dry season from June to October with a more varied mix of ungulates. In particular, an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 of elephants are on the move, an epic event unrivalled in other areas. Hump-backed wildebeest, kongoni with long ears and short horns reminiscent of a samurai headdress, hulking buffalo, buxom zebra, delicate gazelles, watchful eland, ostrich outriders, fringe-eared oryx and an array of attendant predators move in and out of the park in different directions at different times. Spectacular are the season density wildlife populations undoubtedly, but the most astonishing features of a nature tour of Tarangire Park are its giants. Thousands of elephant gather in central riverbeds and marshes, and giant baobab trees, medusa-headed monoliths often thousands of years old, colonize this Northern circuit. The park itself comprises of 2850 sq kilometers (1096 sq. miles) of acacia wooded grassland, fronting the Great African Rift Valley escarpment.
Set in an ecosystem ten times larger than Lake Manyara Park, consisting mainly of less rigidly restricted Conservation Areas, it is owned mainly by the Maasai people. Development is encouraged with a balance of eco-tourism and wildlife protection, whilst maintaining the cultural identity of indigenous populations. Large numbers of giraffe, lesser kudu, warthog, impala, waterbuck, and dik dik remain in the park all year round, with many predators, including the tree- climbing lion, cheetah and python which are usually seen lying in ambush for their prey along stout horizontal tree branches. Round-eared, white-tailed African wild dogs, once believed extinct in this area, also hunt the Southeast plains. Miniature termite mountains of red earth cement attract nocturnal ant-eating aardvark, and also pangolin that can roll itself into armored balls, as well as lively mongoose, cuddly hyrax and a plethora of brightly colored lizards, together with dueting red and yellow barbets, representatives of up to 550 bird species that make the Tarangire a bird-watcher’s Paradise. Not least of the wonders of the area are thousands of insects that display themselves around night-time lanterns. Admittedly, it is commonsense to protect yourself against mosquitoes, but the wonderful shapes and markings of butterflies, beetles and moths more than compensate. Hauntingly ghostlike silk moths, brilliantly marked green flatid bugs, and bizarre but beautiful oleander hawk moths, like camouflaged alien fighter planes, make the “magic” lantern a hypnotic nocturnal display on your safari in Tanzania with AfricanMecca.
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WHERE TO STAY IN TARANGIRE
Tarangire accommodations come in two main types, lodges and tented camps, and in three Safari Tiers from super luxurious to cost-conscious, each providing its unique offerings to AfricanMecca guests.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN TARANGIRE
Set out on a Tarangire bush walk, intermingle and learn about Maasai communities or opt for a game drive, in comfortable, custom-built 4WD vehicle, with all-round viewing - open sided or pop-up roof.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT TARANGIRE
The best time for a Tarangire safari is from June to October during the dry season when migrant game from elephants to hoofed herbivores congregate around the swamps and the Tarangire River valley.
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BALLOON SAFARI IN TARANGIRE
Try an early morning take-off in a hot-air balloon, floating soundlessly above the treetops for a unique perspective on herds of elephant, unmoved by your presence, and zebra chased by furtive lions.
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Jambo Raza, It was a wonderful experience in Tanzania. Thoroughly enjoyed the game drives. Rogers, our guide was superb; knowledgeable, helpful, and very friendly. Everything ran smoothly.
Alan Winner - Minnesota, United States
AfricanMecca Safaris created a remarkable honeymoon tailored to our interests and desires. The quality of service and delivery of experience was unsurpassed. I highly recommend AfricanMecca Safaris to honeymooners, families, or any traveler.
Noorin & Jason Nelson - Maryland, United States
Dear Raza, We arrived home on Sunday full of happy memories of our holiday. Emmanuel our driver was a top guide. Very knowledgeable about the animals and the parks. Thank you so much for making this a holiday to remember.
Norman & Janet Sutton - Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Raza, we had an incredible time and this is largely due to you and your staff's exceptional advice and flexibility in accommodating our needs. We will both vouch that AfricanMecca's quality for customer service is beyond reproach.
Marcy Burton & Ryan Kerr - Ontario, Canada
AfricanMecca's professionalism and care understands that what distinguishes Africa is its authenticity, the land, people and wildlife who do not share our world of fashion and fanfare that distinguish so many travel companies today.
Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson, Conservation Photographers, Authors & Wildlife Documentary Producers - USA
The AfricanMecca Safari experience was great. All the connections were spot on and the lodges and camps were great - 1st class. The safaris were great with the time spent in Ngorongoro totally outstanding. We just totally loved it, a great experience.
Bruce and Susie Ironside - New Zealand
The Tanzania safari was a trip that will remain in our memories as one of the best. The guide we had for the safari was named Babu and he was professional, knowledgeable & attentive. I will definitely use your company for any future trips.
Marian Murray - Boston, United States
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR TARANGIRE IN NORTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Tarangire National Park, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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