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. The park is central to Tanzania’s northern circuit of Arusha and Kilimanjaro National Parks, and Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks, making it a perfect place to begin 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 becomes the magnet of vast herds of wildlife in the dry season. The river shrinks to a shadow of its size 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.
Instead of dense jungle, the landscape is sparse, with occasional acacia and baobab trees, offering optimum conditions for viewing animals.
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