Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi National Parks. The name is derived from the Tarangire river, a river that crosses through the park, having this river as the source of water for wildlife during dry seasons, thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara for water.
Located south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers(1,100 square miles.) The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found else anywhere in the northern Tanzania. The area is marked with hilly landscape large concentration of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses.
Flora and Fauna
Tarangire National Park is famous for its large groups of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing lions. Visitors to the park 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.
Home to more than 500 species, the park is a sanctuary for diverse species of bird. Bird fans can expect to 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 Lovebirds are a common bird sighting in the trees along the Tarangire River.
The park is also famous for the termite mounds that mark the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often seen to be home to dwarf mongoose