Tarangire National park is located on the eastern of Lake Manyara in the southern of the Masai Land. The park covers the area of 2,600Kilometer square which makes the fourth largest national park in Tanzania. The park is the first stop for the Northern circuit Safari on the way to Ngorongoro and Serengeti.
Tarangire national park originates its name from the River Tarangire that crosses the park. The park is well known due to the giant African Elephant Herds which has made the park to be nicknamed as the Elephant Paradise with the oldest and very big baobab trees and the famous for its tree-climbing Pythons. Its topography is of an open acacia woodland, open bush, swamps, rivers, plains with scattered baobab trees. The trees grow in arid, semi-arid and sub-humid tropical climates. This makes a good habitat for animals like, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard hyena, Masai giraffe, impala, Grant's gazelle, lesser kudu, African buffalo, eland, bushbuck and the like.
Nevertheless, the Tarangire River and its surrounding make the good accommodation for other different species of birds which is of 300 or more including the Masai ostrich, white pelican, pink-backed pelican, white stork, Marabou, sacred ibis, Egyptian goose and crowned crane few to mention. Moreover the park is popular with its disused termite mounds that are often by colonies of the dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duet ting.
With all the features, the park is the destination foe game drive, walking safari and the balloon safari. Doing the safari in Tarangire National Park, there are two accommodation options whereby the traveler can lodge in or outside the park, but this depends on the natures and itinerary of the safari, the accommodation choice are public camping, tented campsites, lodges and hotels.