Elephant under the Baobab
Tarangire national park has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. It is the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.

Here you can see the biggest population of elephants in northern Tanzania plus large herds of buffalo. Guests expect regular sightings of migratory wildebeest, zebra,waterbuck, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland. The park also has a high concentration of both big and small cats.

Tarangire is a great birdwatching park and arguably has the best bird diversity in East Africa. The park swamps have the most breeding birds in one habitat anywhere in the world.

Bird lovers might keep an eye open for the yellow collard lovebird, rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling. Below is a list of some of the wildlife sightings to be enjoyed.

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  • Elephant
  • Wild dog (rare)
  • Greater Kudu
  • Impala
  • Giraffe
  • Leopard
  • Lesser Kudu
  • Bush Buck
  • Gerenuk
  • Thomson Gazelle
  • Hippo
  • Lion
  • Eland
  • Water Buck
  • Cheetah
  • Serval
  • Warthog
  • Bush Pig
  • Common Duiker
  • Steinbuck
  • Hyena
  • Buffalo
  • Fringe eared oryx
  • Baboon
  • Common Duiker
  • Cokes Hartebeest
  • Dik Dik
  • White bearded Wildebeest
  • Grants Gazelle
  • Klipspringer
Tips for Wildlife Viewing
White bearded Wildebeest
Once you move beyond the cliché of the big five, you will soon realize that our wilderness offers much more. Africa's large savannah's are certainly a big attraction that one never tires of, but it's often the smaller animals, diverse birdlife and incredible reptiles that draw you back again and again for another exceptional visit. Seeing a breeding herd of elephants for instance will always be special but there is a certain thrill in seeing a serval, generuk or beautiful coloured saddle-billed stork. As a traveller, go beyond the obvious and challenge yourself to learn as much about the wildlife and ecosystems through which you will travel on your Safari.

Binoculars are essential particularly for observing birds and smaller mammal species. When larger animals are spotted at a distance, binoculars will enhance the enjoyment of those particular sightings.

Patience is a good virtue for wildlife viewing. Spend a little more time at each sighting and quietly observe the fascinating behavioral traits coming to the fore.javascript:document.forms[0].submit()

Early morning and late afternoons are the best times to be out looking for wildlife. This is known as the "Golden hour” for photography and animal activity peaks, with nocturnal species e.g. leopard, often still active.

During the heat of the day many animals will drink at waterholes e.g. elephant, making this a good time to be there. Night drives can also be rewarding for nocturnal mammals such as genets, bush-babies, white tailed mongoose and bat eared fox.

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