Tarangire National Park lies to the south of the large open grass plains of southern Maasailand and is the best-kept secret on the "northern safari circuit". This park has the largest population of Elephants anywhere in Tanzania. Its sparse vegetation, strewn with Baobab and Acacia trees, makes it an incredible location. Baobab trees are one of the world's oldest trees and can survive up to 3000 years.
Families of elephants play, graze and rest around the ancient trunks of Baobab trees and strip Acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. Herds of Elephants scratch river beds for underground streams. It is estimated 2500 Elephant make Tarangire their home consisting of approximately 32 distinct family groups. A physically fit elephant can survive for 72 years. Natural death comes when their teeth can no longer function.
Tarangire National Park has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, second only to the crowded Ngorongoro Crater. During the dry season, the Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self, but it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that there is always water here. Predators rarely go hungry as their prey is attracted to the water as they lie in wait nearby.
The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. Highlights include a variety of game animals in addition to Cheetah stalking a herd of Impala, a pair of Lions on their "honeymoon", large herd of Cape Buffalo, Kikoti Lodge, a safari guide school and a virtual parade of Elephants.
The East African country of Tanzania is located just south of the Equator. Over 587,000 square miles in area, home of the continents' tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro and more national parks and game preserves than any other wildlife destination in the world. Enlightened game management, strict regulation on hunting coupled with an excellent infrastructure for tourism and guided by professional guide, Stanford Milinga, makes Tanzania a world-class destination for game viewing photo safaris.
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