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With the Big Five, this is a superb dry season park, second only to the Serengeti between June and November
Not many people know that Tarangire National Park has the Big Five because the rhino here aren't seen very often. But what makes the park really special are the huge baobab trees (Adansonia digitata). These massive trees, believed to live up to a thousand years old, are dotted all over Tarangire's sandy soil and make for excellent photographic opportunities. Tarangire is close to 3,000 square kilometres in size and at the bottom of the Rift Valley escarpment, which explains the presence of baobabs – you won't see a single baobab the moment you're over the Gregory Rift towards the west.
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Tarangire is almost my favourite park in Tanzania. The Serengeti and perhaps Ruaha are better, but only just. Tarangire is a great first national park to visit when on safari and should be included in every safari holiday to Tanzania's north.
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Tarangire is an underrated park and probably the best place in East Africa to see elephant, which dust bathe in the red soil in the dry season. Huge breeding herds move along the Tarangire River that eventually drains into the Silale Swamp. In the late afternoon, you might find hundreds of elephant in the green swamp as you drop down past the picnic site. There are also good numbers of big cats so your chances of seeing lion or leopard are good. For these, you need to get out early and stay out late. If you're lucky you might even bump into some weird species, especially if you venture further south into the park where the wild dog, fringe-eared oryx and gerenuk are occasionally spotted. There's excellent birding too, with good raptors, migratory bee-eaters, storks and water birds on the edge of the swamps. Look out for the African rail and lesser jacana, with the endemic yellow-collared lovebird the pick of your ticks. Your choice of accommodation will have a big impact on your Tarangire experience. The swamps are a long way from the main gate so if you're staying outside the park you're unlikely to get that far. Arrange at least a night or two in the park because it's a good two-hour drive from Arusha. If you leave after breakfast you'll miss the golden hours of early morning or late afternoon inside the park.
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