Tarangire National Park
The park name originates from the River Tarangire that cross the park been derived from Maasai language who inhabits the area. The river has its potential to the birdlife and wildlife during the dry season as it acts as guardian to thousands of mammals grazing around it. Tarangire is home to different species of birdlife about 300 are recorded to date.
Tarangire is famous for its tree-climbing Pythons and the Baobabs trees dominating the park. Normally Baobabs trees are the best plants for food to the elephants during the dry season as it hold a large quantity of water. The trees grow in arid, semi-arid and sub-humid tropical climates and hold up to 300 litres of water.
Tarangire National Park lies to the south of large open grass plains of southern Maasai land, rolling savannah, flood plains and acacia parkland about 157 kilometers west north of Arusha city covering approximately 2,600 kilometers squares along Arusha-Singida road.
The park’s elephants are famous for their ritual ceremonies around the chosen baobab tree. Common wild mammals include zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, waterbucks, hartebeests, gazelles, Oryx, wildebeests, hartebeests, elands, lesser kudus, gazelles, sporadic leopard and impalas.