Tarangire National Park

Tarangire, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is in northern Tanzania, just south of Lake Manyara. Covering an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometres, the landscape is composed of granitic ridges, swamps and river valley. Vegetation is a mix of Acacia woodland, Combretum woodland, with rolling grasslands dotted with majestic baobab trees.

The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The Tarangire River is the key source of fresh water for massive concentration of wildlife, particularly during the dry season, when many of the migratory wildlife species return to the waters of the River.

Though, most well-known as home to Tanzania's largest population of elephants and the best place to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat, from the adorable calves all the way up to the intimidating bulls , and an ideal place to snap photos of the baobab tree (the Tree of Life), as it grows in great numbers throughout the park.

The park is also home to lion, giraffe, dik dik, fringed-eared Oryx, wild dog, greater kudu, leopard, wildebeest, zebra, hippo and other plains game, along with around 500 recorded bird species, avian lovers will revel in spotting large raptors such as the fish eagle, water birds like yellow-billed stork and smaller species such as the red fronted barbet and Paradise Whydah.

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