Tarangire National Park

During Tarangire's dry season, day after day of cloudless skies seem to suck all moisture from the landscape, turning the waving grasses to platinum blonde, brittle as straw, The Tarangire River is a mere shadow of itself, just a trickle of water choked with wildlife, thirsty antelope and elephants have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers to Tarangire's permanent water source.

Herds of elephant dig in the damp earth of the riverbed in search for underground springs, while wildebeest, zebras, buffalos and gazelles mingle with rare species such as eland, oryx around each shrinking lagoon. Python climb into the shade of the trees that line Tarangire's massive southern swamps and hang there like a giant malignant fruit. Coils neatly arranged over the branches in a perfect sphere. Tarangire in the dry season enjoy the greatest concentration of wildlife out the Serengeti ecosystem.

Tarangire's huge herds of elephant rival the park's gigantic, squat baobab trees as its most celebrated feature ancient matriarchs, feisty young bulls and tiny, stumbling calves are aver present to fascinate visitors with their grace, intelligence and majesty. The best time to visit Tarangire for a wildlife viewing or walking is the dry season from June to October.