Size: 2,600 sq km (1,005 sq miles).
Location: 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha.
Named after the Tarangire River, Tarangire is the quintessential African park…The rolling savannah, dotted with splendid baobab and acacia trees provide a beautiful backdrop for herds of wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, impala and zebra…Also found within its boundaries are lion, leopard, warthog, eland, ostriches, gazelles, giraffe, hartebeest, tree climbing pythons and abundant birdlife…Some herbivore that are rarely seen in Northern Tanzania inhabit this park too, Oryx, Lesser kudu and in the southernmost areas, gerenuk and Greater kudu.
The park is part of a larger ecosystem that extends as far as Lake Manyara and Lake Natron and includes many game controlled areas in the surrounding Maasai Steppe…The animals migrate out of the park during the wet season, but concentrate in large numbers along the permanent Tarangire River
during the dry season, June to September, making it the best time to visit. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.