A Photo Tour – Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
A Photo Tour – Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park was the biggest and best surprise of our entire time in Tanzania. To be honest with you, we were only really interest in visiting Ngorongoro Crater but when we booked our tour of Ngorongoro they asked us if we wanted to add on Tarangire NP as part of it. I honestly didn’t know much about it other than a tiny little blurb in our Lonely Planet Africa which stated that it was one of the best parks in the country during the month of August. I crunched the numbers, looked at what the cost was going to be over and above the entrance fee and transport and it ended up being only an extra $100 or so dollars so I said why not.
We are so glad we did because our experience with the elephants in the park was above and beyond anything we had or would experience in the Masai Mara, Ngorongoro or Queen Elizabeth National Parks.
A Little Background
The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park providing water to thousands of animals throughout the year and is an especially important water source during the dry season. Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania covering an area of approximately 2,850 square km’s. During the dry season (which is when we travelled to the park) thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire NP from Manyara NP.
The park is home to one of the world’s most unusual tree species in the fat bottomed baobab. Our guide bought a few dried baobab fruit which are supposed to have a multitude of health benefits such as increased energy levels, healthy skin and a boosted immune system.
Tarangire is also the home to over 550 species of wildlife but is especially famous for its collection of birds and high numbers of elephants.
Here now is our photo tour of Tarangire National Park.
Baobab & Elephant: Two Giants of Africa
Goodbye to Tarangire NP
Ross & Alyse