TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Tarangire National Park is approximately 2,850 square kilometers in size; just south of Lake Manyara. The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse, with a mix that is unique in the northern safari circuit. The park is most famous for its huge numbers of elephants, tree climbing lions and baobab trees. In addition, there are many zebras, wildebeests, waterbuck, giraffe and olive baboons. The park is a haven for bird watchers; over 550 bird species. particularly along the swamps by the Tarangire River; the most breeding species of any place in the world.
Numerous termite mounts dot the landscape; the abandoned ones are often seen to be the home to dwarf mongoose. Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem; There are Kori bustards, ostrich, ground hornbills, finge-eared oryx, and long-necked gerenuk regularly spotted. In Tarangire, the pythons climb trees, lounging in the branches.