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Tarangire National Park

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Tarangire National Park

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Tarangire National Park is in Tanzania.

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Tarangire National Park has probably the highest population density of elephants as compared to other National parks in Tanzania. Its meager vegetation, flung with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a wonderful and particular area to visit. Found slightly off the famous Tanzania northern circuit safaris, only a couple of hours drive from Arusha town.

Before the rains, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains. Tarangire offers an unrivaled game viewing, and during the dry season, elephants abound. Groups of the pachyderms play around the old trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thistle trees for their evening supper. Breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains in the south make a stopover at Tarangire a memorable experience

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Flora and fauna[edit]

Because Tarangire is manly a seasonal national park, its wildlife differs depending on the season and also considering that It is part of a bigger ecosystem. As earlier mentioned, the dry season is the best time to visit Tarangire and you will be able to encounter various animals. This park is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa with several herds of up to 300 members per herd. In addition, there are large numbers of impalas, elands, buffaloes, giraffes, Bohor reedbuck, Coke’s hartebeest, Thompson’s gazelle, the greater and lesser kudu and on rare occasions, the unusual gerenuk and fringe –eared Oryx are also seen. A few black rhinos are also thought to be still present in this park. You will obviously see big numbers of elephants gather here as well as the wildebeests and zebras. Among the other common animals in the Tarangire are the leopards, lions, hyenas, and cheetah that seem to be popular within the southern open areas. The wild dogs are only seen once in a while

The birds within the Tarangire are also quite many, there are over 545 species that have been identified here. The stunning yellow collared lovebirds and the shy starlings are in plenty here in addition to other species.

The climate[edit]

Tarangire National Park] receives an average of 650mm of rain a year, has a bimodal precipitation pattern, with the long rains occurring in March-May, the short rains in November and December. It is especially hot between November and the beginning of January, with temperatures peaking around 29°C, and the nights are warm. While daytime temperatures rare fall below 25°C, the nights are considerably cooler during the long dry season.

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$35 per person

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  • Tarangire Treetops, (), [1]. Tree houses (20 suites) perched high up in the age old Baobab and Marula trees.Tree houses perched high up in the age old Baobab and Marula trees. Astride the path of the Elephant Migration, Tarangire Treetops sits alone in a private game reserve bordering Tarangire National Park and the Maasai Steppe amid rolling, baobab-studded hills with views to Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley wall. Tarangire Treetops has a magical, adventurous and exotic feel, appealing to the childlike senses of fun and awe. The boutique style lodge, exudes a timeless essence, its majestic trees and the landscape, sparking the imagination to times of yore.  edit

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