Tarangire National Park
- Location: 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha.
- 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:
– Guided Walking safaris.
– 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.
On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.
Avid bird watchers can spend the entire day in search of birds and be rewarded with sightings of birds like yellow-collared lovebirds, rufous-tailed weaver, ashy starlings, all of which are endemic to the dry savannah of north central region of Tanzania.
You can spot dwarf mongoose near the disused termite mounds. If you hear loud, clockwork-like sounds, you should look around for the red-and-yellow barbets.
Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.