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Adventure Vacations East Africa
Adventure Vacations East Africa
Adventure Vacations East Africa
Adventure Vacations East Africa
Adventure Vacations East Africa

Tarangire, Tanzania

Tarangire

This fantastic little park (2850 km²) is located within a relatively easy drive from Arusha (it's just over 100km south of the town on predominantly paved roads) and is a great alternative to visiting the far more popular, big alternatives like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater - particularly during June-October. During these months, part of the dry season, Tarangire boasts the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem and yet is probably the least visited of Tanzania's national parks - definitely worth looking at if you want to get off the beaten track and are limited to this specific time period.

tarangire

Tarangire is good for birds, wildlife and walking safaris - environmentally it's a combination of open plain, riparian forest and has a source of permanent water (the Tarangire river), explaining the concentration of game during the dry months. There's more vegetation than in the Serengeti, with a good population of baobab trees and acacia scrub, supporting herds of 300+ elephant. The usual mix of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, giraffe, impala and eland inhabit the park, and support a full house of predatory animals, although they're less used to human presence in this wilder park and are therefore slightly harder to find.