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To the east of Lake Manyara lies Tarangire, the land of giants: giant elephants and giant baobab trees dominate a visit here. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season. During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas.

Visitors to the park in the June to November dry season can expect to see large herds of zebra, wildebeest and buffalo. Other common resident animals include waterbuck, giraffe, dik-dik, impala, eland, Grant's gazelle, vervet monkey, banded mongoose, and olive baboon. Predators in Tarangire include lion, leopard, cheetah and African wild dog.

Tarangire is very accessible from Moshi and Arusha and, along with Lake Manyara is a popular destination following a climb of Kilimanjaro, for people who don't have the time to go further afield to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. Tarangire is probably the quietest of all the parks in the region with the south of the park being especially quiet.