When booking a Kenya and Tanzania safari, there are a wealth of excellent locations to explore the endemic flora and fauna, but one of the most underrated destinations for nature travelers in East Africa is Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania.

Named for the mighty Tarangire River that crosses its grounds, Tarangire National Park is an arid stretch of grassland that spans an area of roughly 1,000 square miles. Its dusty expanses of dry grass and red clay formations have produced a unique environment that harkens back to prehistoric times. This environment has given rise to beautiful forests of baobab trees, whose skeletal visage sets the park's aesthetic apart from its contemporaries.

Despite this arid landscape, the park is home to a rich and diverse crop of wildlife that ranges from wading water fowl to massive cats — notably the country's largest population of tree-climbing lions. Central to the park's appeal is its large population of African elephants. Herds of as many as 300 majestic pachyderms can regularly be seen crossing the plan in search of food and water.

Other animals commonly spotted in the celebrated preserve include wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala and gazelle. Birds in the park include the Kori bustard, stocking-thighed ostrich and ground hornbill.

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