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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park is named after the eponymous river that flows through the centre of the park, nourishing its green plains and diverse wildlife. It is located right on the way from Arusha to Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti, and best time to visit the park would be the season between July and October when the wildebeest migrate from the dry lands of Manyara to the waters of Tarangire river, followed by big feline predators. Tarangire also features the biggest population of elephants in Tanzania, and you can be sure to spot dozens of grey giants among the acacia bushes and baobab trees.

 

This park represents the second biggest variety and concentration of wildlife in the country, after Serengeti, and here you can watch the summer wildebeest migration in all its glory on a guided walk around the park. Sleeping in a tented camp within the park premises will provide you with an unforgettable soundtrack of midnight grunting, squealing and other animal sounds coming from the dark.

 

Tarangire parklands are famous for its red dust-covered soil, burnt by endless days of sun, and huge termite hills, occupied by mongoose and snakes after the termites have abandoned them. The swamps of Tarangire basin host around 550 species of birds, the biggest breeding variety in the world, including the yellow-collared lovebird, hornbills, stocking-thighed ostrich, Kori bustard, ashy starling and many more endemic species.

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