Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest in Tanzania and covers some 2,850 square kilometers of the Manyara Region. While smaller in size than Serengeti or Ngorongoro, Tarangire is still known for its impressive population of elephants and lions. Travelers to this protected area will certainly see zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and baboons, as well as some of the 550 species of indigenous birds that call Tarangire home.
Because the park has only one major water source—the Tarangire River—it’s the perfect place for spotting all of Tanzania’s wildlife, particularly during dry season. Between June and October, animals from across the park flock to the river—a scene that makes for spectacular photo ops.
Tarangire National Park is four hours south of Arusha and accessible via a tarred road. It is about 43 kilometers from Lake Manyara National Park. Heavy rains between March and April can make spotting wildlife a challenge, so travelers looking for a safari experience should avoid the park during these two months.