| During the driest time of year, from June to October, animals of many different kinds
congregate along the river to have access to drinking water.
Tarangire has a lot of animals and species, and may be visited also during other parts
of the year. Lions and leopards are seen regularly, as are the elephants. For birdwatchers,
visiting Tarangire is often a very good experience.
Hyaenas, antelopes and other animals may pass through or just outside the camp at night.
They don't, and can't, enter the tents, though.
Tarangire River Camp is outside the national park, which means bush walks are allowed
(they are prohibited inside the parks). The camp offers walks guided by Maasai warriors,
who also guard the camp day and night, and are available to escort you when moving within
the camp area.
More about Tarangire
The Tarangire River and the marshes in south-eastern Tarangire are the only permanent
sources of water in the park during the dry seasons.
During the driest time of year, from June to October, animals of many different kinds
congregate along the river to have access to drinking water. This is the best time to
visit the park. You may see large herds of wildebeest and zebras, giraffes, different
antelope species, buffalo herds, huge troops of baboons etc. This is also the best time
to see the elephants. Tarangire has a population of some 3,000 elephants, and they can
be seen in large numbers along and around the river during dry seasons.
Cats, elephants and birds
After the 'short
rains' in November, the animals disperse over wider areas, as drinking water
gets more widely available. Tarangire has a lot of animals and species, though, and
may be visited also during other parts of the year. Lions and leopards are seen regularly,
as are the elephants, and for birdwatchers, visiting Tarangire is a must; it's a very
good park for birding, and to some extent has other species than the other parks on
the northern safari circuit of Tanzania.
The eastern parts of Tarangire, and the areas east of the park, have black cotton soil,
which may turn roads inaccessible during heavy rains.