Nature Walks in Tarangire National Park

Nature Walks in Tarangire National Park

Nature Walks in Tarangire National Park

Nature Walks in Tarangire National Park: Nature walks are among the unique experiences which tourists engage in during their safaris to Tarangire national park which is located in the northern part of Tanzania.

Tarangire national park is known for its large herds of elephants which can be seen moving around the savannah plains at the destination. There are also many other wildlife species which can be seen in this national park which is an all year round wildlife viewing destination.

To engage in various wildlife viewing activities like nature walks in Tarangire national park, there are certain fees which tourists are required to pay such as entrance fees as well as concession fees. Entrance fees are paid to allow the tourists to access the national park.

The entrance fees for Tarangire national park is valid for 24 hours and is paid by nonresidents, residents and also East Africans.  Nonresidents pay entrance fees of 53 USD and East Africans pay entrance fees for the national park in Tanzania shillings (TSH).

Nature walks in Tarangire national park take place on foot and they involve tourists moving around the destination while enjoying their natural surroundings and getting a close encounter with the wilderness.

This nature walk activity takes place in the company of a guide who leads the tourists along different routes in the national park as they enjoy the scenery around them. The guide also provides information to the tourists about the different attractions around Tarangire national park. 

The scenery in Tarangire national park consists of swampy floodplains, woodlands, acacia trees and savannah plains which act as habitat for different wildlife and bird species in the national park.

Apart from the nature walks in Tarangire national park, tourists can also engage in different activities which include the following;

Game drives

Game drives in Tarangire national park are among the wildlife viewing activities which tourists engage in during their safaris to the destination. These include morning game drives, afternoon game drives, evening game drives and night game drives. Full day game drives also take place in this national park.

Morning game drives in Tarangire national park offer tourists amazing wildlife viewing opportunities since the wildlife species such as elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, dik dik among others are very active and can easily be seen as they graze around the savannah plains.

Tourists can also engage in full day game drives in Tarangire national park and this activity involves driving around the savannah plains of the national park through the day and is a combination of different forms of game drives such as morning and afternoon game drives.

Night game drives also take place in Tarangire national park and they involve driving around the national park in search of different nocturnal wildlife species such as predators like lions, leopards and also caracals, civets, hyenas among others.

Ranger guides accompany tourists as they explore the wilderness of the national park in the darkness. The different game drives which take place in Tarangire national park are best done during the dry season in the months of June to October when the wildlife species can be seen around the water points in the national park such as the Tarangire river.

Bird watching

Bird watching also takes place in Tarangire national park and tourists enjoy searching for the different bird species such as the migrant and local or native bird species during this activity which can be seen in the woodlands, swampy floodplains and the hills.

The different bird species which tourists can see in Tarangire national park include ashy starlings, hammerkops, bee eaters, ostriches, striped swallows, kori bustards, weavers, hornbills, starlings and many others. 

This activity is best carried out during the wet season in November to March when the migrant or local bird species can be seen in the national park. 

Community visits

 Another activity which tourists can engage in during their safaris to Tarangire national park is the community visits during which tourists engage in interactions with the local community and get to know their way of life.

The activities which tourists engage in during their community visits as they interact with the Maasai people include visiting the “manyattas” which are the traditional homesteads of the Maasai, watching traditional dance performances of the Maasai warriors, visiting the local market and also the craft and art shops where beaded jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, anklets as well as sandals and belts are displayed.

Nature Walks in Tarangire National Park
Nature Walks in Tarangire National Park

How to get to Tarangire national park;

Tarangire national park can be accessed by different means of transport which include the following;

  • Road means are among the ways through which tourists can access Tarangire national park. This can be done by driving from Arusha to the national park.
  • Air or flight is another way through which tourists visiting the national park can access it. There are different airline companies which offer scheduled and charter flights to Tarangire national park. 

There are different attractions which tourists can see during their nature walks in Tarangire national park and they include the following;

Tarangire river 

Tarangire river is an attraction which is found in the national park and can be seen as the tourists engage in the different wildlife viewing activities such as nature walks and game drives. The river flows through the national park and it is a source of water for the different wildlife species during the dry season in the months of June to October.

Wildlife species

Different wildlife species can also be seen by tourists during their safaris in Tarangire national park as they graze and roam around the savannah plains. These wildlife species include elephants, kudu, dik dik, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, hyenas, waterbucks, hartebeests, warthogs, elands and many others.

Bird species

The various bird species which can be seen in Tarangire national park include striped swallows, hammerkops, ostriches, kori bustard, starlings, hornbills, rufous tailed weavers, eagles, plovers, bee eaters; spur fowls, vultures and many others.

Baobab trees

Baobab trees which make up part of the landscape in Tarangire national park are also among the attractions which can be seen at the destination. The tree barks of baobab trees are used as medicine by the pastoralists and the elephants use this tree as source of water and also as a shelter.

Where to stay in Tarangire national park 

Different accommodation facilities are also found within and outside Tarangire national park and they include luxury accommodations, midrange accommodations as well as budget accommodations.

These accommodation facilities include Tarangire Sopa lodge, Nimali Tarangire, Tarangire safari lodge, Tarangire Osupuko lodge, Roika Tarangire tented lodge, Tarangire treetops lodge, whistling thorn tented camp, Maweninga camp, Kirurumu tented lodge and may others.

Journey to Tarangire national park and enjoy amazing wildlife viewing experiences like nature walks by booking a safari with Focus East Africa tours. 

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