Tarangire National Park

Tarangire is famous for its elephants and you will see many of these beautiful creatures here, often in family groups. These will be accompanied by migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland, as Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. It is also the only place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. The Tarangire River is often shrivelled to a shadow of its wet season self but it is choked with wildlife and always still, there is some water, whatever time of year. It is also the home of at least 500 species of birds,the most breeding species in one habitat found anywhere in the world.
On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird there is; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills.  Enthusiastic bird-lovers will need to watch out for flocks of yellow-collared lovebirds, rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling, all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.  Disused termite mounds found often Tarangire are often frequented by colonies of dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, with their loud, clockwork-like call. Tarangire pythons climb the trees, and you are likely also to see its lions and leopards, in the branches. Tarangire is also finally famous for its many iconic African baobab trees.