The remote Silale Swamp is one of the top highlights of the Tarangire ecosystem. The swamp acts as a giant sponge during the green season and slowly releases water during the dry season. Huge masses of herbivores stream into the park for its water supply, which in turn attracts lions, leopards and wild dogs.
Even the great rock python can be seen living alongside the swamp. These thick, massive reptiles often stay stationary for months at a time – giving visitors the perfect opportunity to observe them.
Your journey through Tarangire will eventually take you south to the remote Silale Swamp. The character of the park changes significantly as you journey south – instead of the woodland that blankets much of the northeastern regions of Tarangire, the landscape is blanketed with a vast sea of grasses and moisture. Crowned cranes prance along the shoreline, and great egrets pose solemnly in the shallows. The expansive views over the swamp to the Sambu mountains rising up in the distant horizon are breathtaking.
Great rock pythons can be seen living alongside the swamp. These thick, massive reptiles will often curl up high in the branches of the trees that grow alongside the swamp, and will often stay stationary for months at a time – giving visitors the perfect opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat.
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