Featuring a hot, dry climate and semi-arid grasslands punctuated with peculiar ‘upside down’ baobab trees, flat-topped acacias and red termite mounds, Tarangire supports a large number of rare species you don’t see in the other reserves. Its 2,850 square kilometres harbour the long-necked gerenuk and fringe-eared oryx. In the dry season (July to September) the permanent waters of the Tarangire River are a magnet for plains game from the park’s parched outskirts.
Large prides of lion are common here, as well as leopard, cheetah and hyena attracted by the abundant prey. Elephants in herds up to 300 strong and graceful southern giraffe are also key features of this park.