Tarangire national park activities : Tarangire national park is a safari destination which is found in the northern part of Tanzania.
There are many wildlife species to see during a safari around Tarangire national park and they include giraffes, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, cheetahs, zebras, gerenuks, oryx, impalas, waterbucks, kudu and elands among others.
The national park consists of grasslands, baobabs and also a river which flows through Tarangire national park. The Tarangire river is a source of water for the wildlife species in the national park especially during the dry season when the animals gather along the shores of the river.
During safaris in Tanzania activities that are carried out in Tarangire national park include game drives, walking safaris, bird watching, hot air balloon safaris among others which are carried out through the year.
Tarangire national park is a wildlife park with beautiful landscape which can be explored during safaris and game viewing excursions that are carried out at different times of day such as in the morning and in the afternoon. The national park is famous for the large herds of elephants found in the national park and many other wildlife species such as lions, giraffes, buffalos, antelopes among others can be spotted on safari.
Hot air balloon rides are also part of the safari experience during tours in Tarangire national park. This activity takes about 1 hour and offers an aerial view of the national park and its attractions and wildlife species can also be spotted from the hot air balloon which follows the wind direction. The hot air balloon safaris start as early as 5:00 am and after the balloons have been inflated the passengers can get aboard and start their excursion. After landing, breakfast is served in the wild as well as champagne and other drinks are shared by the passengers.
Walking safaris or nature walks are also carried out during safaris around Tarangire national park and the activity brings the tourists closer to the surroundings and nature in the park. Nature walks are also an exciting way to see wildlife when moving on foot in the national park in the company of ranger guide while following different trails and getting to know more about the national park.
Bird watching is also carried out around Tarangire national park and the park has over 600 bird species which can be seen on tour. The best time to see these birds is during the months of November to April when migrant birds can also be spotted.
Cultural tours can also be carried out during tours to Tarangire national park and it involves interacting with the locals and getting to know more about their culture and way of life, enjoying traditional dance performances, seeing local arts and crafts among other experiences.
Safaris in Tarangire national park can be carried out at any time of the year and the best time for wildlife viewing is the dry season around June to October when wildlife species can be seen around the water points or holes in the national park. The weather during the dry season is also favorable and the vegetation is thinner making it easier to spot animals in the grasslands.
To engage in these activities around Tarangire national park, visitors are required to pay park entrance fees in order to be allowed to enter the national park. Other fees charged during tours to Tarangire national park include camping fee and concession fees.
During safaris around Tarangire national park, nonresidents are charged park entrance fee of 50 USD in the peak season and 45 USD in the high season for adults above the age of 16 years while children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 15 USD (excluding 18% tax).
Expatriates or residents visiting Tarangire national park for safaris in Tanzania are charged park entrance fee of 25 USD in the peak season and 22.5 USD in the low season for visitors above the age of 16 years while children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 7.5 USD (excluding 18% tax). Children below the age of 5 years are not charged park entrance fees during safaris to Tarangire national park.
Tanzanians or East Africans visiting Tarangire national park aged above 16 years are charged park entrance fee of 10,000 Tanzania shillings and children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 2,000 Tanzania shillings. East Africans include nationals of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
Attractions which are found in Tarangire national park include the Tarangire river, baobab trees which are found around the park among other attractions.
Safaris around the northern part of Tanzania can also be carried out in Lake Manyara national park, Serengeti national park, Arusha national park and also the Ngorongoro conservation area and other destinations.
Tarangire national park can be accessed by flights and also by driving during safaris to Tanzania. The national park is located about 120 km from Arusha town and the drive takes about 2 hours.