Tarangire National Park

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Size: 552 sq km (212 sq miles)
Established: 1960
Distance from Arusha: 25 km (15 miles)

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It is the vast number of baobabs that first capture the eye as you enter Tarangire National Park. The gently rolling countryside is dotted with these majestic trees, which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them. About 120 kilometres/75 miles south of Arusha on the Dodoma road, Tarangire rivals the Serengeti for the size of the herds that congregate from June to November when many of the animals amass along the Tarangire River. At 2 600 square kilometres/1000 square miles, Tarangire is by no means the biggest of the Tanzanian parks, but its landscape of open plains dotted with thousands of baobab trees makes for an unforgettable safari. Tarangire is also known for its tree-climbing lions, large herds of buffalo and its predators tracking the vast herds of antelope.

Tarangire is one of the few places in Africa where large herds of 300 or more elephants can be seen. Lion are readily seen, particularly during the dry season when huge herds of wildebeest and zebra arrive from the Steppe.

A birding paradise, Tarangire National Park also boasts the endemic ashy starling, rufous-tailed weaver and black-collared lovebird. The dry season (approximately July – October) attracts large concentrations of wildlife as the Tarangire River is the only permanent source of water in southern Maasailand.

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