To Experience Wildlife Visit Tarangire National Park

There are huge piles of manure scattered around, which suggests that Elephants could be wandering at any moment. And the golden grass that surrounds the picnic area is big enough for a hungry lioness to jump on while you photograph the colorful and beautiful starlings moving up and down among the thorny acacias. The German couple at the next table is distracted by an adorable family of bandaged Mungos looking for insects in the undergrowth across the street. She takes pictures while he watches. He moves within 3 feet of your table and turns his back for a while.


The park takes its name from the Tarangire River that flows through it, making visiting Tarangire a seasonal Boom or Bust offering. During the rainy season, most of the fauna migrates out of the park, through the Rift Valley and to the pastures of the Maasai Steppe. But during the dry season, when the huge herds of the Serengeti undertake their great migration north to Kenya, the Tarangire River Serves as a rare and reliable source of water, attracting an immense concentration of animals.


This is a luxury tented camp, which means there are thatched roofs, king-size beds, and lattice windows. There is also solar electricity from 6 am to 10 am and from 6 am to 11 am; bathrooms with solar-heated showers; and verandas with an exceptional view of the breathtaking landscape that surrounds us. The evening sunset on your fire-lit Terrace has become our favorite nighttime Tradition and offers a breathtaking view of the sunset in the savannah around the Tarangire River.


With a population of more than 3,000 elephants in high season, Tarangire National Park is home to almost 10% of the country’s total population. The park has an impressive average of about 3 Elephants per square mile. In fact, during our two days in the park, we saw so many herds of elephants that it seemed almost difficult to imagine that these beautiful creatures could be browbeaten with extinction in our lifetime.


The bright blue sky, dusty red earth and brittle yellow grass provided a spectacular backdrop for countless species, large and small, from the tiny rocky Hyrax (aka the rocky roof) to dwarf mongooses to the famous Big 5. although we were not seen as often in Tarangire as in the Serengeti National Park, we saw felines quite regularly. We watched the two men pictured above for almost an hour posing gracefully right next to the road.

Finding them turned out to be a difficult challenge, but getting the lazy leopards to lift their heads so we could get a decent picture was damn impossible. The recording you see above took more than an hour! Giraffes in family groups of 4 to 16+ members could often be seen going down to the river to drink and leaning awkwardly like mannequins who had not yet discovered their catwalk.

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