Tarangire national park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania.it is located in Manyara region. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses the park. The Tarangire river is the primary source of freshwater for wild animals in the Tarangire ecosystem during the annual dry season.The Tarangire ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras. During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire national park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas.

It covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers(1,100 square miles.) The landscape is composed of granitic ridges, rivervalley, and swamps. Vegetation is a mix of acacia woodland, commiphora-combretum woodland,seasonally flooded grassland, and baobab trees.

It is most famous for its elephant migration, birding andauthentic safari atmosphere. Tarangire is one of the more seasonal parks innorthern Tanzania with a lot of migratory movement within the greater Tarangireecosystem. In the dry season, between June and October, large herds of animalsare attracted to the Tarangire river. At this time, the elephant numbers arespectacular.

The park should be part of any safari in northern Tanzania.