Elephants and baobabs abound
“It is the vast number of baobabs that first catch your eye as you enter Tarangire. The gently rolling countryside is dotted with these majestic trees, which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them…”
This baobab-studded park, two hours easy drive from Arusha, is spectacular in the second half of the year, when huge herds congregate near the perennial Tarangire River. These nomadic tribes of animals drawn to it like a
magnet. Elephant, wildebeest, zebra, eland and oryx all gather here until the onset of the rains, when they move on again in search of good grazing areas. And, of course, where there are herds, there are predators – lion, leopard and more. It is also a fine birding destination.
Tarangire is second only to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area in concentrations of wildlife. The elephant viewing here is truly fabulous - it is not unusual to see several hundred pachyderms in a single game drive.