Around a two-hour drive from Arusha, Tarangire National Park contains some of the greatest wildlife populations in Tanzania. With the Tarangire River flowing through it, it is home to many elephants, leopards, tree-climbing lions and is the only place in the country to observe species like the long-necked gerenuk and fringe-eared oryx.
Elephants are abudent in this park as well as tree climbing lions and leopards.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry.
The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.
More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.
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