The river provides refuge for the largest elephant population in North Tanzania. The park is named after this life-giving river that provides the only permanent water for wildlife. During the dry season, a menagerie of different shapes and sizes of animals are lured to the enticing waters. Long columns of elephant, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and gazelle file in great numbers to the receding banks of the river. Predators like lions and leopards are drawn like a magnet to this smorgasbord of concentrated prey.
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