Tarangire National Park

The fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass brittle as straws. The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self. Heard of up to 300 Elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem.

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, seasonal visitors scatter over a (20,000 sq Km) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river. On Drier ground you find the kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-­‐thighed Ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like Turkeys. Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its Lions and Leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage trees disguise the twitch of a tail.