The Tarangire National Park derives its name from the Tarangire River that flows across the park. It is situated at a distance of about 118 km from Arusha in the South West direction. The accessibility is easy by road and the ride is smooth. The total area of the national park is approximately 2850 sq km and apart from the valley of the river, the area also includes high rise hills and rocks. The park is considered to be amongst the best Tanzania safari on offer.During the dry months the sun scorches and beats down the plains, hills of the park and leaves the land dry. The majority of the fauna starts to concentrate along the river banks and utilize the water resources to the optimum. The animals that throng the river are also the migrated ones. This scenario however changes completely during the wet season when the entire fauna scatters along the lush green meadows of the ecosystem on an area close to 20,000 sq km. The animals include the usual migration suspects like the wildebeest, the zebra, the gazelle, the impala and the buffalo. The park boasts of the largest concentration of wildlife species after the Serengeti national park.The wild life of the park is very diverse and interesting like many other safaris in the vast continent of Africa. There is a process of localised migration or internal migration of the animals in the national park. Most of these animals do look for the changing ecosystem and move accordingly. All migrate except the lion as they prefer to stay within their territories. The bird population of the park is huge with over 550 varieties and species, and this considered to be the largest collection of the bird species in one habitat anywhere across the globe. Some of the most sought after birds and the prominent ones are the Kori Bustard which happens to be the heaviest flying bird in the world, also the largest bird in the world namely the stocking-thighed ostrich apart from the yellow collared love birds.There are other activities that can be conducted in the national park apart from the game viewing. Trips are conducted by the authorities to the nearby villages of Maasai and Barabaig. These villages offer a glimpse into the culture and tradition of the region and the local tribes of the area. The experience of the trip is very rich and the memories are undoubtedly everlasting. These distinct features may not be available on other safaris across the country but Tarangire Park has it. Also there are ancient rock paintings near a place called Kolo on the Dodoma road. These are worth giving a trip as well.The park has its fair share of friendly animals as well like the starlings and for an avid bird watcher this place is a paradise. The friendly starlings hop around the place and in close vicinity of the visitors. Their friendliness prompts many people to click a picture of them. the flora of the place is largely dominated by the baobab trees. These huge trees virtually dwarf the animals that feed themselves beneath their shades. The imposing picture of the baobabs also makes for a very serene and picturesque sight that the photography enthusiasts would cherish. There is no dearth of accommodation on the park as it has two lodges one of which is a tented lodge and two luxury tented camps inside the park. In addition to this people on vacation can also secure the services of several campsites in and around the park. Some of these lodges are also available immediately outside the park.
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