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Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for people travelling through the northern safari circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park is part fo two game controlled reserves and the wildlife moves back and forth between the two.
Before the rains, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains. Tarangire offers an unparalleled game viewing, and during the dry season elephants abound. You can see families of the pachyderms play around decades-old trunks of baobab trees and strip the acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. You’ll be offered with a breathtaking view of the Maasai Steppe. A stopover at the southern mountains of Tarangire makes an even better safari experience.
Herds of up to 300 elephant members at once can be spotted at the dry river bed of underground streams. Migratory wildebeests, zebras, buffalos, impalas, gazelles, elands, and hartebeests too can be spotted in herds or alone at the shrinking lagoons. Outside of the Serengeti ecosystem, it is the greatest concentration of wildlife you’ll find in northern circuit – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
During the rainy season, due to abundance of water and lush grasses throughout the park, the wildlife get scattered making it harder to spot them. But the elephant mobs are still easily encountered. 500 bird varieties are lured to the swamps which are tinged green year round and form a perfect breeding ground for them.