Tarangire National Park is best known for its massive herds of elephant. During the dry season herds of up to three hundred elephant of all ages and sizes converge on Tarangire’s permanent water source and can be seen digging in the once full riverbed in search of underground springs.
Tarangire’s wildlife is best viewed during the dry months from July to October when zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and the rarer Fringe-eared Oryx and eland gather at the last remaining water holes or shelter from the fierce sun under squat baobab trees. During these months the park boasts the greatest wildlife concentration outside the Serengeti. Also common in Tarangire National Park are pythons, which with patience and keen observance may be spotted coiled in tree branches.
Tarangire is a beautiful area that covers the southeast corner of Lake Manyara and is often a feature of a northern circuit safari. It is located 105km from Arusha and, like Lake Manyara National Park, is possible to view in one day.