Tarangire National Park

Area: 1.096 sq. miles

For many people who have spent years in the African bush, Tarangire is their favorite national park on Tanzania's richly endowed northern circuit.

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Photo by Carol Austin

Looking down from the high ridge, it is not difficult to see why; the Tarangire river winds away into the distance, through open, undulating country. The Tarangire River, from which the park takes its name, supplies the park with its livelihood and becomes the dry season magnet for the vast herds of wildlife that must come down to drink. Herds of up to 300 elephants come to the river. You'll find the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators. Tarangire is an excellent way to begin a safari. If you're a bird lover, Tarangire is a treasure trove of bird sightings. You may spot the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird, the stocking thighed ostrich, the world's largest bird, screeching flocks of the colorful yellow-collared lovebird, the rufous tailed weaver, or the ashy starling. Termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose. Tarangire's pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

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Tarangire is central to Tanzania's northern circuit making it the perfect place to begin or end an African safari.
Flora / Fauna

Grassland, savanna.

Wildlife

Elephant, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, eland, wildebeest, ostrich, dwarf mongoose. There are 550 bird varieties, the most breeding speices in one habitat anywhere in the world. Largest concentration of wildlife after Serengeti. Tarangire's pythons climb trees, as do lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

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