The Tarangire national park was first famous hunting ground and then a game reserve research in the late 1950s and early 1960s showed the importance on the area for wildlife during the dry season. Tarangire National Park was established in 1970, the 5th national park to be declared since Tanzania’s independence from the British in 1961.
The Tarangire national park lies about 120 kilometers southwest of Arusha and about 160 kilometers from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). The park is accessible by vehicle on the great north road (Arusha-Dodoma) from Arusha to the turnoff at Kwakimuchinja village near Minjingu phosphate mine.
Tarangire has got herds of elephants, three hundred strong digs in the damp earth of the riverbed in search of underground springs, while wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, and springs gazelle mingle with rare species such as Eland and Oryx around each shrinking lagoon.
Python climb into the shade of the trees that line Tarangire massive southern swamps and hang there like giant malignant fruity coils neatly arranged over the branches in a sphere.
Tarangire in the dry season enjoy the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, Tarangire’s huge herds of elephant rival the park’s gigantic, squat baobab trees as its most celebrated feature ancient matriarchs, feisty young bulls and tiny, stumbling calves are ever-present to fascinate visitors.