Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National park is covering 2.600 km2 and it features rolling hills, forests along some river, acacia woodlands and typical baobabs. In a dry season high concentration of animals arrives to the park, because it provides the only permanent water supply in southern Masaai-land by way of the Tarangire River.
In the north part of the park road conditions are acceptable, though visitors should approach areas consisting of black cotton soil with caution during the rainy season. In rainy season many roads become impassable. Most of the year soil is dry and it can even have some cracks because of long dry season. In rainy season the combination of that soil and rain makes black sticky mess that can delay game drives for hours. Most of the visitors stick to the northern and central part of the park as southern has minimal road system often available only for park authorities.
It forms part of the ecosystem that includes Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Natron and some others. It is based on patterns of annual migration and plays an important role in preservation of the wildlife. Like in any other ecosystem the plants and trees dictate the wildlife present in such area. Here you can experience famous baobab trees with an enormous size and stature the play important role in ecosystem, toothbrush trees that got their name because some local people are using them for toothbrush, umbrella acacia, woodland, palms, candelabra tree etc.
During the dry season from June to September plains game and predators alike are present in great number. The best time for game-viewing is early morning or late afternoon as most of the animals are trying to avoid the day heat. You can find here Masaai giraffe, dik-dik, rock hyrax, klipspringers, hyenas etc. It is possible to see also large herds of buffalos, oryx, shy eland, baboons, vervet monkeys, zebras, wildebeest, lions, leopards, cheetahs or even sometimes civets and jackals. In park have been recorded also more then 300 species of birds, it’s excellent place for bird-watchers.
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