Size: 2,850 sq km (1,100 sq miles)
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. The park is located in the Manyara Region. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, which is the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to Tarangire National Park from Manyara National Park.
It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and its landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses.
The park is famous for its huge number of elephants and tree-climbing lions. Visitors can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest in addition to the less common animals. Other common animals include waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons.
With more than 550 recorded species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect so see dozens of species even in the dry season. The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world. Yellow-collared Lovebirds are a commonly seen in the trees along the Tarangire River.