|Size||2,850 km2 ( 1,096 mi2 )|
|Location||118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha.|
|Getting There||Easy drive from Arusha or Lake Manyara following a surfaced road to within 7 km (4 mi) of the main entrance gate. From here you can continue on to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Charter flights from Arusha and the Serengeti.|
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch 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 - and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 km2 (12,500 mi2) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire's mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.