Tarangire National Park
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Plentiful Pachyderms
Tarangire National Park doesn't have the big-name draw of Ngorongoro or the Serengeti, but it does have plenty of big animals — chief among them, huge herds of elephants that abound in the park during both the rainy and dry seasons. The fact that the Tarangire River never dries up means that the game-viewing in this park is second only to one other ecosystem in Tanzania (yep, the Serengeti-Ngorongoro region). But there's an undisputed plus to visiting Tarangire: in this park, you're more likely to see clusters of elephants than clusters of safari vehicles.
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Samson's So-So Starling
We forgot our field guide one fateful safari morning, and the "African Birds" app was a bust. A companion and I started making up bogus bird names to fill in the gaps in our knowledge. It was in this manner that we located and identified the red-headed rollerblader, the sandy-rumped shag, Macy's manakin, Wilson's wild-eyed warbler and many others that exist only in a birder's wildest dreams. People may catch on if you see a crow and refer to it as something really outrageous. Until then, though, enjoy your status as an ornithological genius savant. (The bird pictured is an adequate bananaquit, known to the rest of the world as a superb starling).
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