Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is a quiet, seasonal park
with wide views to distant volcanic mountain ranges.
Tarangire covers 2600 sq km of grassland and
floodplains, and a large proportion of tall acacia
woodland just south of the open grass plains of southern
Tarangire National Park has regions of quite dense
bush, but with high grasses and huge old baobab trees
instead of the green forests of Manyara. The land is
hilly and dominated by the impressive valley of the
Tarangire River, which attracts good numbers of migrant
animals during the dry months, especially between July
During the dry months the concentration of animals
around the Tarangire river is almost as diverse and
reliable as in the Ngorongoro Crater, but the ecosystem
here is balanced by a localised migration pattern that
is followed by most animals other than lion, who don't
tend to abandon their territory.
There are a fantastic number of colourful birds in
Tarangire National Park throughout the year, with likely
spots including the Paradise Whyder and endearing
Yellow-collared lovebirds. Tarangire National Park has a
few resident lion, which are easier to spot during the
migration. In other months they look quite mean and lean
and slip easily between the lengthening grasses.
The animals mostly disperse during April and May,
when there is widespread greenery, vegetation and
standing water to encourage all the grazers further
In June, the eland and oryxes begin to return, followed
by elephant towards the end of the month. Tarangire is a
great spot for elephant gatherings at the end of the
rainy season in June, and zebra and wildebeest return
together through July.
By mid-August all the animals are congregating around
their last reliable water source, the Tarangire River.
The calving season falls in the early months of the
year, through January, February and March, and so makes
the most of the fresh grass during the rainy season.