Tarangire in February?

Feb 6th, 2006, 04:43 AM
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Tarangire in February?

Hello All

It would be great to get the views & experiences of people who have been to Tarangire in February. I know it is not peak season, but it would be nice to hear from some knowledgable ones.

Another strange favourite of mine is looking for snakes.... has anyone had any python sightings in Tarangire?


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Feb 6th, 2006, 05:01 AM
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Tarangire is very good in February, especially with the drought!

Your guides will know where to look for the pythons - mostly in the trees near the river! If you stay for 2 nights or so you should be able to see one!

While looking for snakes, you have to look up, so try to remove the popup roof!
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Feb 6th, 2006, 05:07 AM
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I'm going to Tarangire mid Feb so will let you know what it's like.
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Feb 6th, 2006, 05:43 AM
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Hi Eben,
I as well, will be in Tarangire in Feb. - looks like a trend

Glad to hear you saying Tar. is good due to the drought/Feb. Can you elaborating on this? Are the areas/creatures in distress? Also, do you think the Serengiti has completely healed from the drought.

Any and all info. as usual, from you Eben, is appreciated;
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Feb 6th, 2006, 05:54 AM
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Hi Sherry

Actually, I consider Tarangire to be good until end of March regardless of rainfall. In April & May & early June the grass gets a bit high and the animals tend to wander out of the park since water is more readily available.

With a good guide one can have good sightings during the rainy months but considering that a million wildebeest is on the move towards the Grumeti River in the Serengeti, I find it hard to visit Tarangire during Apr-June!

It is now raining sporadically in the Serengeti so there is hope!
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Feb 6th, 2006, 05:57 AM
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I'm also going there in a week and a bit. I've only been once before in October. So I'm curious on how it will compare.

Anyhow Pythons

Our guide Leakey (rangers safaris) took us on a drive to see tree pythons. We arrived at a place I believe overlooking the Silale swamp. There was a herd of elephant in the swamp below. One of our group made a rough count of 455!

The guide then points out a python coiled up in a tree. We are looking at this when another of our party says whats that on the ground. I say its a snake skin and to be fair our guide agreed with me. A few minutes later, the same person: By the way the snake skins moving!

Sure enough it was a real live python and we were privileged to watch it slither up an acacia tree. Got it beautifully on video.

How does a python climb a thorny acacia? very carefully.
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Feb 6th, 2006, 05:59 AM
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Count me in as well!

Feb. 25th - Tarangire Treetops (2 nights)
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Feb 6th, 2006, 06:00 AM
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We were in Tarangire last Feb and loved it. It is a lovely park. There was something about the whole surroundings that we just really liked. We liked it so much we are planning it into our itinerary for Feb 2007. So enjoy!
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Feb 6th, 2006, 07:19 AM
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Thanks for all the great responses. The reason I asked is that I will be arriving at Mawe Ninga next Monday (13th Feb) for two nights. I have never seen a python on safari yet, but I have seen puff adders. It's a private safari, so I'll ask the guide to try and find a python
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