Tarangire National Park
This lovely park is the kingdom of elephants, birds and baobabs. Here you can see the largest concentration of elephants in the world and the highest number of breeding bird species. Especially during the dry season, Tarangire National park is full of wildlife. Four of the Big Five reside within the park, which makes it is a great spot for a day trip. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the scenic Tarangire landscape, scattered with majestic baobab trees.
The park is named after the Tarangire River, that flows through the park. It is the main source of fresh water for animals during the annual dry season when other sources dried up. The Tarangire River draws huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, as well as predators who prey upon them.
Herds of elephants
Tarangire is best known for its large elephant population. You can see herds up to 300 elephants roaming the plains, drinking from the river or digging holes for underground water. In the dry season, Tarangire has the greatest population of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Big cats like lions, cheetahs and leopards, but also the rare Kudu, Oryx and Gerenuk. If you are lucky you can even spot the tree-climbing python.
With more than 550 species of birds, Tarangire truly is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The park’s woodlands and swamps are home to hoopoes, hornbills, brown parrots, helmeted guinea fowl and the crested francolin. Other birds include lovebirds, lilac breasted rollers, bee-eaters, kori bustards, bateleur eagles and the gigantic lappet-faced vulture. Tarangire has the largest number of breeding bird species worldwide.
Tarangire has nine different vegetation zones. Landscapes range from savannah and swamps to woodland and rivers. But the most characteristic scenery in Tarangire is the hilly landscape dotted with baobab trees against the blue open sky. These ancient trees play a vital role in the eco system since they provide food and water and are homes for bees and birds. Many of these trees are hundreds of years old.
You can go on guided walking safaris, game drives, and cultural visits to neighbouring villages.
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