Tarangire National Park is situated 119 km. (75 miles) from Arusha and South East of Lake Manyara National Park. The park covers an area of 2,850 sq. km. (1,098 sq. miles) to encompass several varying habitats. The Tarangire River, from which the park gets its name, is the lifeblood of the park. It runs through the park and is the magnet to vast herds of wildlife in the dry season.
This park is famous for its dense wildlife population which is most spectacular between June and December. During this time animals migrate from the dry Masai steppe to Tarangire River looking for water.
Among other species to be seen are Rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, warthog, eland, the fringe eared Oryx, lesser, greater Kudu, the tree climbing python and large number of impala and over 300 species of birds have been recorded some of which are Eurasian migrants seen here during the months of October through April. Day trips can be organized from Arusha to this park.