Tarangeri is the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators, and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and the unique long-necked Gerenuk are regularly observed.

During the rainy season, the seasonal wildlife scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered whether its the wet or dry season.

The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

Tarangire bottom pic