Tarangire National Park
A104, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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Tarangire National Park Reviews
Tarangire: The Serengeti's Little Brother Sep 11, 2011
Everyone has heard of the great Serengeti, which is a famous place, but there are other parks in Tanzania worth visiting too. Tarangire is one such park and could be considered the Serengeti's little brother, so to speak. Located off a paved road, A104, near Babati in the Manyara region of Tanzania is the Tarangire National Park. The nearest large city is Arusha located 118 km (75 miles) to the northeast. There is a small drive down a dirt road off of A104 about 7km (4 miles) to the actual park entrance, where the fee is $35 USD per person for an entry permit. There are some interesting things to see at the entrance, like monkeys running amuk and some Elephant skulls, signs about caution to take while inside the park, etc. While the monkeys seem cute, they are a pack of theives and will try to steal from you, so watch out. If you have a vehicle, make sure to roll up the windows as a precaution. The monkeys are not afraid to steal whatever is there.
Tarangire National Park is 2850 sq km (1,096 sq miles), making it the sixth largest national park in Tanzania by area, after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi, but size isn't everything in safari ways as each individual park has its own landscape. Inside the park you'll find dusty roads, hillside landscapes, wide and beautiful plains, curious trees and plants, creatures large and small, and hopefully an unforgettable experience. This is a place (and other parks like it) that is the cradle of mankind too, where we all came from, back some millions of years ago. In a sense, a safari is a journey back in time to see what the world was like for our ancestors several million year ago. This world has not changed so much in that expanse of time, so it is quite interesting from that perspective. I wouldn't call it a beautiful place, but picturesque perhaps. It's harsh looking in areas and unfriendly to a man on foot I would think. Fortunately we have land cruisers to cross the territory and enjoy the park safely.
The animals actually pay little attention to vehicles. Perhaps they are smart in understanding that humans use them for their own protection and could easily run them over. Elephants, however, did appear agressive at times, and always thought they had the right of way - which indeed they did! Well, anyway, we had ourselves a freestyle day just driving ourselves around where ever we chose. The park is fairly well marked with signs everywhere to get your bearings, so it's not a problem getting lost. We covered a fair amount of territory and saw a good many things. The lunch break at Silale Swamp was a most spectacular view and a gret place for a picnic. It was especially nice as the gloomy clouds that had hung overhead all day finally began to break and some blue sky and brighter conditions made for some better photos as the day went on. They are presented mostly in sequence as they were taken and I tried to limit the number.
If interested, I have some videos inside the park as well. Not very professional ones from me, but many good ones by others on Youtube by following my links. Here the are:
Elephants All Around Us.....(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p4dWHKBDmQ)
Silale Swamp Scenery........(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrW8yp7QjWA)
Zebra & Gazelle..................(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1HPSg0EG3o)
Part of the Under African Skies (Sep. 5-19, 2011) travel blog
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