The splendid Tarangire

This is the last of a four-part series on national parks in Kenya and Tanzania.

Tarangire National Park, about 90 kilometers southwest of Arusha in Tanzania is home to the impressive baobab tree as well as an amazing variety of wildlife. The flora in this region is dominated by the baobab trees, with their characteristically huge trunks, and the beautiful acacia trees. The Tarangire bursts with wildlife particularly during the dry season (August – November) when large herds of elephants, wildebeest, hartebeest, impalas and gazelles make this park their home. Look out for the cute warthogs. They’re my favourite!

Another park worth a visit is the nearby Lake Manyara National Park that is famous for its flamingos, hippos and tree-climbing lions.

Please scroll down to view some of my best pictures of this splendid park. Read the other editions of this African safari series: ‘Serengeti Magic‘, ‘The Splendor of Lake Nakuru‘ and ‘The Majestic Masaai Mara‘.

Baobabs at sunset

Baobab at sunset

Adult elephant

Adult elephant

Impalas and a baobab tree

Impalas and a baobab tree

A warthog family

A warthog family

A lone giraffe and zebras at the river

A lone giraffe and zebras at the river

A Tarangire sunset

A Tarangire sunset

A gorgeous baobab tree

A gorgeous baobab tree

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3 Responses to “The splendid Tarangire”

  1. jen Laceda 01/10/2009 7:41 pm
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    Keith, you don’t even understand the pain in my heart that I haven’t set foot in Africa yet. Someday, one day in the near future. In the meantime, I will live through your journeys!

  2. velvet 30/09/2009 11:00 pm
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    Hi Emily,
    Oh yes, there are loads of flamingos in Africa! Lake Nakuru is but a small area where they converge. No need to fear going on a safari in Africa. You’re well taken care of. Besides, the animals are so used to thousands of humans peering at them, they don’t really care anymore. At the Ngorongoro crater, a lion jumped up onto the bonnet of the jeep in front of us, lazily looked around (everyone in the jeep froze of course), then jumped off again. The guide said it was a good thing there wasn’t an idiot in the jeep who decided to take a picture at that moment – the lion might’ve reacted to the sound of the shutter or a flash. So, my advice is just to use some common sense and you’ll be fine. It really is worth it. The safaris in Africa are just awe-inspiring. You can then relax by spending some time on Zanzibar! :-)

  3. Emily @ Maiden Voyage 30/09/2009 9:27 pm
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    Gorgeous photos of the wildlife! And I never would have thought that they have flamingos in Africa. I really want to go to Africa and go on a safari. The thought of it scares me, though I’m sure they go to great lengths to make sure you don’t get eaten by a lion :)

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