Tarangire National Park originates its name from the River Tarangire that cross the park being derived from “Maa” (Maasai) language who inhabits the area. It is located south of the plains of Maasai land and east of Lake Manyara, a three-hour drive from Arusha City, rank the 6th largest national park in Tanzania. The park is popular for a day trips lies 120 km south along the Great North Highway from Arusha City.
Tarangire National Park covers an area of 2,850 sq. km. offers variety of wildlife animals. The park is famous for its tree-climbing Pythons. The topography of Tarangire is open acacia woodland, open bush, swamps, rivers, plains with scattered baobab trees tamarind and the sausage trees. Like in all ecosystems, the vegetation and the types of animals you find are closely correlated. The most common animals found in the park includes zebras, wildebeest, lions, leopards, water bucks, white stork, giraffe, elephants, gazelles, impala, gerenuk, lesser kudu and the beautiful fringe-eared oryx few to mention. Over 550 bird varieties can be found in the Taragire National Park.
The River Tarangire provides the only permanent source of water for wildlife in the area during the dry season between June and September. During this period, thousands of animals migrate to Tarangire from Manyara National Park giving it the great concentration of wildlife out of the Serengeti ecosystem and it is the best season for game viewing in the area.