Activities in Tarangire national park
Activities in Tarangire national park are the different things that tourists engage in when they visit the national park and search for the different attractions around the destination which is located in the northern part of Tanzania.
Tarangire national park is known for its large herds of elephants which can be seen in the savannah plains of the national park as well as oryx and generuks.
The scenery around the national park consists of baobab trees, marshlands, grasslands and acacia woodland. This makes up the habitat of the different wildlife species which can be seen at the destination.
Baobab trees are among the unique features which standout from the rest of Tarangire national park. These trees are important to the eco system of the national park because elephants use them as a water reservoir during the dry season.
The baobab tree also has other significances to both man and wildlife such that the tree is a source of medicine, rope and paper and also fabric can be made from these trees and the seed shell from the tree can be used as containers.
There are also numerous swamps around Tarangire national park which also act as water sources for the different wildlife species in the national park such as elephants, elands, zebras, waterbucks among others during the dry season.
To engage in the different activities around the national park, tourists are required to pay park entrance fees which are 53 USD for nonresidents. These fees also vary for foreign residents, east Africans, for adults and also for children visiting the national park.
Activities which tourists engage in during their safaris in Tarangire national park include the following;
Game drives are among the activities which tourists engage in as they explore the national park. Wildlife species which can be seen include elephants, giraffes, kudu, wildebeests, gazelles, lions, buffalos, zebras, waterbucks, dik dik, elands, impalas, warthogs and monkeys among others.
The national park is named after the Tarangire river which flows through the national park and it attracts wildlife especially in the dry season. The dry season is the time of the year which is favorable for wildlife viewing experiences during the months of June to October.
This activity takes place at different times of day such as in the morning, in the afternoon or in the evening as well as for the full day. During morning game drives, tourists can see a variety of wildlife species since they are at this time of day as they graze around the savannah plains.
Full day game drives also take place in Tarangire national park and they involve exploring the savannah plains starting in the morning and they continue through the day as tourists enjoy seeing the different wildlife species and driving around the national park.
Nature walks in Tarangire national park give tourists a wildlife viewing experience on foot and a close encounter with the natural surroundings. There are different tracks followed by tourists as they explore the national park.
Tourists are accompanied by ranger guides during the nature walks around the savannah plains in Tarangire national park.
Different bird species can also be seen in Tarangire national park in many numbers and they include ostriches, kori bustard, hornbills, rufous tailed weavers, ashy starlings, yellow collared lovebirds, barbets, parrots, yellow necked spur fowl, striped swallows, hammerkops, bee eaters, eagles and many others.
This activity is best done during the wet season in the months from November to March when the local birds are breeding and the migrant bird species can also be seen in Tarangire national park.
Tourists can also engage in cultural visits to the Maasai villages to interact with the local community and this activity also involves getting to know the way of life of the locals and also engaging in a variety of activities.
Some of the activities which take place during cultural visits include visiting the homesteads of the Maasai, engaging in traditional dance performances with the Maasai warriors, seeing local art and craftwork such as beaded necklaces, earrings, anklets and also visiting the local market.
How to get to Tarangire national park
Tourists can access Tarangire national park to engage in a variety of activities by using different means which include air means and also by road means as seen below;
- By air or flight, Tarangire national park can be accessed through different airstrips such as Tarangire airstrip through charter and domestic flights to the destination.
- By road Tarangire national park can be accessed by driving from Arusha.
Attractions which can be seen by tourists on safari in Tarangire national park include the following;
This river is among the attractions which tourists can see during their safaris to the national park. It is described as a permanent water source in Tarangire national park where different wildlife species gather to drink water especially during the dry season in the months from June to October.
Tarangire national park is also famed for its amazing wildlife viewing experiences as with other wildlife viewing destinations located in the northern part of Tanzania. There are different wildlife species that can be seen in this national park since it’s an all year round wildlife viewing destination.
The different wildlife species which can be seen during wildlife viewing activities in Tarangire national park include lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, gazelles, buffalos, wildebeests, antelopes, elands among others.
A big number of bird species can be seen in Tarangire national park and they include both migrant and local bird species such as ostriches, francolins, barbets, hornbills, yellow collared birds, hammerkops, starlings, bee-eaters, eagles, plovers among others.
These bird species can be seen around different locations within the national park such as the swampy floodplains as well as in the hills.
Visit Tarangire national park and engage in a variety of activities as you explore the wilderness of the destination by planning a safari with Focus East Africa tours.