Best time to visit Tarangire national park

Best time to visit Tarangire national park

Best time to visit Tarangire national park

Best time to visit Tarangire national park looks at the recommended time of the year when tourists are encouraged to visit the destination in order to engage in various activities and to see different attractions.

Tarangire national park is a wildlife viewing destination located in the northern tourist circuit in Tanzania. The tourist circuit also consists of Serengeti national park, Lake Manyara national park and Ngorongoro conservation area.

To access the national park, tourists are required to pay entrance fees which are valid for 24 hours. The entrance fees vary for nonresidents, residents and for East Africans and it is also different for adults and children visiting Tarangire national park.

The best time to visit Tarangire national park depends on different factors which influence the decision to travel to the destination and these include the following;

Taste and preference of the tourists

Different tourists have different tastes and preferences which also affects the decisions in terms of the best time to visit a destination. Some tourists prefer to visit during any time of the year while other tourists prefer specific times of the year to travel to the national park to engage in different activities and see the attractions in Tarangire national park.

Budget of the tourist

The budget is another factor which influences the best time of the year for a tourist to travel to a destination. This is because during certain times of the year, prices are lower compared to other months when prices charged are high for tourist amenities such as transport and accommodation.

Seasonal changes

 It is a known fact that there are different seasons during which tourists can choose the best time for them to visit Tarangire national park. These seasons include the low season, the high season and the peak season.

During the low season the prices are low and this favors some tourists making it a good time for them to travel due to their budget. The high season is characterized by high prices and many numbers of tourists in Tarangire national park as compared to the peak season which also has almost similar qualities like the high season.

The activities which tourists wish to engage in at a destination also influences the best time to visit Tarangire national park and these activities include the following;

Game drives

Game drives influence the best time of the year to visit Tarangire national park in a way that the dry seasons are recommended for amazing wildlife viewing experiences. This is because in the dry season which occurs during the months from June to October, the wildlife species are easy to see as compared to the wet season when the grass is longer making the wildlife a little difficult to see in the national park.

These game drives are organized during the morning in the afternoon, in the evening, in the night as well as for a full day. During the morning game drives, tourists enjoy seeing a variety of wildlife species which are very active and can be seen in the savannah plains of Tarangire national park.

During afternoon game drives, tourist scan see various wildlife species though not so many in number as compared to the morning game drives. This game drive also gives the tourists a typical safari experience as they drive around the savannah plains on the afternoon sun and enjoy the scenery around them.

Full day game drives also take place in Tarangire national park and involve driving around the national park the whole day while enjoying the scenery and searching for wildlife species such as elephants, giraffes, antelopes, zebras, wildebeests, hartebeests, warthogs, hyenas among others.

Night game drives also take place in Tarangire national park and involve exploring the national park in the darkness in search of nocturnal wildlife species such as civets, caracals, leopards. Predators can also be seen during night game drives at this destination which also involve a guide accompanying the tourists.

Nature walks

Nature walks also take place in Tarangire national park and involve exploring the savannah plains of the national park on foot. This activity can be carried out at any time of the year making it favorable for the tourists.

Different routes are followed during nature walks in Tarangire national park and the activity offers a close interaction with the natural surroundings in the national park.

Bird watching

Bird watching also takes place in Tarangire national park and it is among the activities which tourists are interested in carrying out as they explore the destination. This activity is best done during the wet season in the months of November to March when the migrant birds are present in the national park and the local bird species are breeding.

Different bird species can be seen in locations such as the woodlands, hills as well as in the swampy floodplains. These bird species include rufous tailed weavers, hornbills, ashy starlings, yellow collared lovebirds, hammerkops, eagles, plovers, vultures, bee eaters, spur fowls and many others.

Community visits

Community visits also take place in Tarangire national park and they do not have a particular time of the year which is best for the activity. This activity involves interactions between the local community and the tourists.

During the community visits, the tourists engage in a number of activities such as visiting the traditional homesteads of the Maasai known as “manyattas”, engaging in traditional dance performances with the Maasai warriors, visiting the local market and the arts and craft shops to see beaded jewelry like necklaces, earrings, anklets as well as sandals and belts made from hide and skin from livestock kept by the Maasai people.

Best time to visit Tarangire national park
Best time to visit Tarangire national park

How to get to Tarangire national park

After deciding on the best time to visit Tarangire national park, it can be accessed by different means of transport such as road means and air or flight means. 

  • By road, tourists can drive from Arusha to the national park to enjoy seeing different attractions and to engage in various activities.
  • By flight or air, tourists can access the national park through charter and scheduled flights organized to the airstrip at the destination.

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