An ideal safari for elephant lovers
The safari in Tarangire National Park, along with Lake Manyara National Park, is a bit in the shade of the much better known Serengeti and Ngorongoro, which is perhaps a bit of a shame as it has a lot to offer. In addition to many animals (especially elephants), there are also beautiful baobabs and a giant termite mound.
Giant termite mound
Right on the edge of the park at the entrance gate, we are greeted by a giant termite mound. These buildings reach heights of up to five meters, they are rarely more common, as they are destroyed after the rain and must then be rebuilt. Termites are very remarkable insects and our planet has been inhabited by dinosaurs since ancient times. Often people confuse them with ants due to their appearance and caste division (workers, soldiers, royal couple), but their closest relatives are cockroaches.
A short distance behind the gate, a two-meter Nile monitor crossed our path.
In addition to lots of animals, Tarangire also offers a number of beautiful baobabs.
Even large felines thrive here. One of the first animals we met was a lion family.
Just a short distance away, a savannah pig is grazing. Although they are omnivores, they mostly feed on various grasses and roots. It uses strong tusks to carve underground parts.
Because they love water, like to bathe and roll in the mud, Tarangire Park is a popular refuge for them. However, the funniest is their walk, which is exactly the same as in the fairy tale The Lion King from 2019.
At first glance, a completely ordinary and uninteresting antelope. However, it can jump up to 3 meters in height and 10 meters in distance, which is a remarkable performance.
Elephants are certainly one of the biggest magnets in this park.
Covering the skin with mud
Elephants like to cover their skin with mud. On the one hand, it protects them against high temperatures, and on the other hand, against annoying insects.
We take a break for lunch at a picnic spot on a hill above the river Tarangire. The company makes us a lot of vertebrates and various colorful birds.
You need to be a little careful during lunch. Vertebrates run all around and sometimes they manage to steal some fruit. All I had to do was lift my eyes from the plate and a small naughty man was lurking inquisitively on the branch above me.
Why did they give it the name red-green? I really have no idea. I think the English popular name „blue ball monkey“ is much more apt.
The southern part of the park is beautifully visible from the viewpoint at the picnic. It is not always accessible, as the Tarangire River is impassable during the rainy season.
After lunch we went to the southern part of the park. One of the larger antelopes, which got its name „vodka“ due to the fact that it uses water to escape from predators.
Unbelievably, the closest relatives of these small mammals (only slightly larger than the guinea pigs) are elephants and manatees.
Beautiful giraffes with their long necks roam the park.
At the end of the dry season, when there is not much water, elephants bite baobab tribes to quench their thirst. These are soft enough to hold large amounts of water. Often they can cut down an entire tree.
One of the unmissed birds is the beautiful woodpecker. And that she's really beautiful.
Another of the many beautiful birds we saw was the red-billed hornbill.
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