Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What you may not know about Tarangire National Park.

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Tarangire National Park has tales one can't ever forget. This spectacular savanna environment host the largest terrestrial animal "the elephants" (Loxodonta Africana) and dotted with monumental baobabs like no other national park on the Northern Circuit of Tanzania. Recently I had an opportunity to camp at Kwakuchinja adjacent to Tarangire, and this is how I can tell my endless story about Tarangire.

The mysterious gigantic monumental baobabs (Adansonia diditata)
It is  that a large propotion baobabs found in Tarangire are estimated to be more than 2000 years old and there are no young ones to be found. This is most probably due to heavy browsing by elephants and fruits are eaten by other animal species such as monkey. Given that there are no younger generations available, the future of baobab in Tarangire is naturally some what uncertain.

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Baobab trees

The incredible large groups of elephants
Tarangire is the most famous Northern Circuit national park that boost of having large groups of elephants.
I had the chance to have photo taken with elephants as background at Tarangire river.

Elephant family at the Tarangire river

Simply magical!

All animal extravaganza!
Tarangire have varieties of species to enjoy watching, one to die for is the beisa oryx despite that it is not a guarantee. I think this make this animal so interesting because you will need to pull out your adventurous spirit to be successful. It is worthy it! But the occurence of other common species such as zebras, buffalo and others is high.

The stupid faced wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)

colorful zebra (Equus quagga)

The playful vervet monkey (Cercopithecus pygerythrus)

Bird watching
This is among the most spectacular thing one has to enjoy effortlessly. More than 500 bird species are recorded in Tarangire NP, just at the main gates your first encounter is most likely to be these amazing avifauna. The true diversity of the bird life is particularly in evidence early in the morning, when the chorus is at its finest, and an extra bonus is provided on the flood plains by the arrival of the water birds in the wet season.
The Superb starling (lamprotornis superbus)

The White-headed buffalo-weaver (Dinemellia dinemelli)

The Small Serengeti Plain within Tarangire
Serengeti NP is the most famous and popular national park in Tanzania, well know for the easy visibility of wildlife due to its plain area. The good news is Tarangire has it own small serengeti were by the area is similarly characterized as the Serengeti national park. I dare you!

Small Serengeti Plain

At the plain, challenged by a traffic due to the presence of a Cheetah 

elephant skull display 

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