Tarangire National Park covers an area of 2,600sqkm and hosts the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. The park is about 118km, southwest of Arusha,
along the Great North Road that proceeds to Dodoma, the administrative capital of Tanzania. The park is central to Tanzania’s northern circuit of Arusha and Kilimanjaro National Parks, making it a perfect place to start or end an African safari.
The Tarangire River, from which the park gets its name, is the lifeblood of the park. It runs through the park and has become the magnet to vast herds of wildlife in the dry season, yet it remains the only source of water for many thirsty elephants, wildebeests, zebras, buffaloes, impalas, hartebeests and elands, which stretch over the horizon – as far as the eye can see and which have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers in search of water.