TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Location: 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha.
Size: approximately 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles.)
Getting there
Easy drive from Arusha or Lake Manyara following a surfaced road to within 7km (four miles) of the main entrance gate; can continue on to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
Charter flights from Arusha and the Serengeti.

What to do
ñ Guided Walking safaris.
ñ Day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road.

Accommodation
Two lodges, one tented lodge, two luxury tented camps inside the park, another half-dozen exclusive lodges and tented camps immediately outside its borders.
Several camp sites in and around the park.

Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, it is located in Manyara Region. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season. The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras. During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas.

It covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles.) The landscape is composed of granitic ridges, river valley, and swamps. Vegetation is a mix of Acacia woodland, Commiphora-Combretum woodland, seasonally flooded grassland, and Baobab trees.

The best time for an adventurous safari in Tarangire is from June to October during the dry season, when migrant game congregate around the swamps and the Tarangire River valley. Migrating elephants can then be seen in good size herds, with a fine diversity of other large mammals. But the numbers of animals vary due to the timing of the rains. If the long rains last later into the mid-year, migratory animals may not return by June as interior water holes will not dry out, and if the short rains arrive earlier than usual, game will start to disperse away in October from its lifeline as the Tarangire River will not be the only available water source, and at the same time, forage will start to renew from the surrounding arid lands allowing herbivores plenty to eat from. Stalking predators trail the migrating prey to survive. From June to October, there is very little rain, if not none in July and August. The weather is sunny, cooler and conditions in general are excellent for an exploratory trip to Tarangire with AfricanMecca. There are very few mosquitoes due to the dry conditions. Vegetation becomes thinner and game is easier to spot on the plains and by waterholes, gouged out in dry riverbeds by accommodating herds of elephants. Throughout the year, the Tarangire is mainly warm and dry, with daytime temperatures ranging from 75-85 F (24-30 C) and dropping between 55-65 F (13-18 C) at night. The temperatures are dependent on your month of travel. Historically, October to April are the warmer times and May to Sep are the cooler months. The ìshortî rains occur usually during November and December, with sporadic showers leading up to the ìlongî rains from the middle of March to the end of May, and sometimes sprinkling in the early parts of June.March and April including parts of May are generally the wettest months

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