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Tarangire national park

120 km S-W of Arusha, this park of 2600 km² crossed by the Tarangire River where elephants, zebras, buffalos, gnous, lions go to drink, has kept a real authenticity. Baobabs trees are everywhere.
The park is surrounding the Tarangire river's valley, stretching in a long shape of almost 100 km in lenght and 30 km in breadth. The altitude's average is 1000 m and it is edged west by the eastern end of the african rift.
The park is a part of the huge ecosystem of the Maasai steppe. During the rain season, more of 20.000 km2 are filled by big herds, which migrate in June, at the end of the rains, to the last permanent water of the region: the Tarangire river. At the end of the winter (August-October), the park is the house of many animals, particularly elephants. Between October and April, the park is receiving a lot of migrant birds from Europe. Baobabs trees are numerous, the same as the red dust sprinkled elephants, their way to protect themselves from insects.
Fauna is very dense : lion, leopoard, waterbuck, dik-dik (which are coming between the tents), impala, girafe, zebra, gnou, buffalo, birds of prey (african fish eagle, bateleur eagle, Verreaux's Eagle-Owl), water birds (jacana, open bill stork, kingfisher, heron), rock hyrax which is a close parent to the elephants, baboon, velvet monkey and many reptiles, among them the dangerous puff adder and the african rock python.

Tarangire river from the tented lodge.

One of the numerous baobabs.

The great marsh where you may find a lot of water birds and mammals.

Elephants are everywhere.

Be carefull with the lionesses nonchalence.

A termit's home.

The red head barbican.

Portrait of the big and dangerous puff adder.

The rock hyraxe.

Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, one of rare and difficult to see night birds species .

An elephant in Silale Swamp. Picture © Daniel Gremion.

Wild dogs...

Wild dogs. These dogs which have become more and more scarse are now protected, among others in the Mkomazi Reserve.

Photo © Christopher Kivuyo.

Pictures © Pierre-Yves Vaucher

© 2003 Nameloksafaris, Christopher KIVUYO.