Lesser known region, far more rewarding
Tarangire National Park is located 118 kilometres southwest of Arusha. It is truly an area of outstanding beauty and best known for its elephant population, Authentic East Africa safaris, day trips to Masai villages, and hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road.
The Tarangire River is choked with wildlife and thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometres knowing that here, always, there is water.
Tarangire's mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. Herds of up to 300 elephants can often be seen scratching the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators.
A shallow alkaline lake attracts flamingos and pelicans in the rainy season, just two of the 500 species of birds in the region. Other impressive species include martial and bateleur eagles.