Tarangire National Park Excuursion – Full Day
After an early breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha town by our tour manager and your tour guide who will brief you on your excursion before being driven to Tarangire National Park.
At 2,600km², Tarangire is far from being the biggest of the Tanzanian parks, but its unrivalled landscape of open plains, dotted with thousands of baobabs, is unforgettable. About 120kms south of Arusha, Tarangire is known for its tree-climbing lions and for its very big herds of buffalo. This is one of Africa’s little-known gems and should be on the itinerary of all lovers of wilderness and solitude.
This beautiful park is also home to the highest density of elephants in Northern Tanzania. These impressive animals can reach up to 10 feet tall and weigh up to 6 tons. They are social creatures that live in herds of up to 300 individuals. The Tarangire River is the only source of water for many animals in the park during the dry season. This makes it a vital watering hole for elephants, lions, giraffes, buffaloes, and many other species.
In addition to elephants, lions, giraffes, and buffaloes, many other animals that can be seen in the park during the dry season include wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, gazelles, and pythons. The park is renowned as a haven for bird watchers, with over 550 different species that can be spotted, including the Masai Ostrich, the world's largest bird.
The game numbers are staggering: 30,000 zebra, 25,000 wildebeest, 5,000 buffalo, 3,000 elephant, 2,500 Maasai giraffe and over 1,000 fringe-eared oryx. Predators include lion, cheetah and leopard and birders will want to look out for the endemic ashy starling, rufous-tailed weaver and black-collared lovebird. You will have a picnic lunch at a scenic spot during your game drive. Before nightfall, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Arusha. The tour ends in at around 1700hrs.