Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park about a 20,000km2 teams with up to 300 Elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory Wildebeest, Zebra, Buffalo, Impala, Gazelle, Hartebeest and Eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem with a large number of predators and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately Fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked Gerenuk are regularly observed.
The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird, Ostrich, the world's largest bird and small parties of Ground hornbills. If keen enough, one will not miss sights of the colorful Yellow-collared lovebird, and the Rufous-tailed weaver and Starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.
Desolate termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the Dwarf mongoose, and pairs of Red and yellow barbet.
Tarangire's pythons climb trees, as do its Lions and Leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.