Tarangire National Park
This vast 1771-sq-mi park, famous for its high concentration of elephants, is where most travelers to Tanzania will experience their first safari. Easily accessible from Arusha in the north, this is one of the most popular parts of the country. Here, memories of elephants – there are said to be 2500 here and growing – plod across the savannah, scraping bark from trees and pushing over anything in their way. And if you think their recollection is good, imagine the stories that the park’s fabled baobabs could tell. These huge, thick-trunked trees can live for up to 300 years, providing shade and nourishment for impala, eland, giraffe, zebra, and buffalo.