Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park. Tarangire lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometres.
The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing African pythons. Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants anywhere in Tanzania, more than Manyara and Serengeti. Also in the park are lesser and great kudu, African buffalo, cheetah, fringe-eared Oryx, leopard, lion, Masai giraffe, spotted hyena, common zebra, white-bearded wildebeest, warthog, eland, olive baboon, bat-eared fox, impala, common waterbuck, bushbuck, coke's hartebeest, gerenuk, and bohor reedbuck. There are 30,000 zebra, 25,000 wildebeest, 5,000 buffalo, 3,000 elephant, 2,500 Masai giraffe and over 1,000 gemsbok.
Game viewing in Tarangire is largely affected by the presence of water and during the dry season many animals congregate at the Tarangire River, the park's only permanent source of water.
The dry months of June to September are the best times for game viewing as thousands of animals come to the Tarangire River. January and February is usually dry. The short rains are in November and December and the long rains fall from March to May, with April and May being the height of the rainy season and best avoided as many camps are closed.
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