Deriving its name from the River that crosses the park, Tarangire National Park covers an area of 2,600 sq. km, south of Arusha town along the Arusha-Dodoma road about 120 kilometers from Arusha. The foremost features of the park are scattered baobabs that can hold up to 300 liters of water, the flood plains and the grassland, mainly comprising of various types of acacia trees, tamarind and the sausage trees. The park is also rich in birdlife over 350 species are recorded.

The vegetation of the Tarangire is closely allied to the animals that live there. The baobab trees are used most by elephants during dry season, the acacia trees by giraffes and alike. During the dry season animals don't migrate as in the Serengeti National Park for searching of water and green pasture instead they concentrate at the Tarangire River. This interval stretches between June and November and it is the best season for game viewing in Tarangire. The rare Kudu and Roan antelope can be seen on this

park but they are not common on the Northern circuit of Tanzania, also by luck you can spot the tree-climbing python, other common animals found in this park are impala, gerenuk, lesser kudu zebras, wildebeest, lions, leopards, waterbucks and Oryx.
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