Tarangire National Park is typically combined in an itinerary with Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti national park since they are all close enough to each other forming the ”northern circuit’‘.
Located at the bottom of the Rift Valley escarpment, it is one of Tanzania’s smaller and lesser known park and covers an area of 2,850 square kilometers. With its sandy soil dotted by colossal termite mounds, massive baobab trees believed to live up to a thousand years old and a golden savannah land, Tarangire is renowned for its vibrant population of African bush elephants .
Despite the fact it s not as huge as the other parks, Tarangire is rich in wildlife and it boats a year-round water supply where during the dry season all the animals from elephants to hoofed herbivores, cluster closer to the river. During a game drive is common to spot Lions that in this park climb the big trees to rest on the branches and if you are lucky also leopard, hyena and the rare wild dog. The park also hosts over 500 species of bird, including the big Maasai ostrich.
I spent 1 day in this beautiful park before visiting Ngorongoro. The dry season, from June to October, is the best time to visit this park as well as the others. In this season there is a great opportunity to see plenty of animals cluster to the river and to witness the predators in action.