Did we have a favorite national park or conservation area on our SkySafari through Tanzania? No, we could never pick a favorite because each was special in its own right. But Tarangire National Park was definitely our favorite for seeing herds of elephants. Sort of off the main safari route most travelers to Tanzania take, Tarangire is famous for its elephant migrations, birding, and quiet, authentic safari atmosphere. Quiet indeed! During our three day stay in the 2850 square kilometer park, there were just 12 vehicles on safari – including ours.
Though the park only has a fraction of the visitors that head to the more popular Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, there are up to 3000 African elephants in the park. Our game viewing began even before our Cessna landed at Kuro Airstrip in the middle of Tarangire National Park. Herds of elephants regularly hangout in the swamp near the airstrip and we flew right over them. We weren’t even there during peak season, yet we regularly saw herds of up to 50 elephants playing in watering holes and coating themselves with mud. In the peak months from July to October, it’s not uncommon to see herds of 300.
Elephants weren’t the only game we saw. Tarangire is also home to 550 bird species, zebras, giraffes, dwarf mongoose, warthogs, water buck, Thompson gazelles, and more. The park is also home to some of the coolest trees we’ve ever seen. Though our photos could never do it justice, take a look at the beauty Tarangire has to offer.
Disclosure: Our trip to Tanzania was hosted by SkySafari by Elewana in order for us to bring you this story. As always, all opinions are entirely our own.