Tarangire National Park is located in Manyara region 120 km from Arusha, bordered with Tarangire Wildlife conservation area to the northeast, an area set apart by the government, to cater for the needs of the local people as a grazing ground for their herds. It is Tanzania’s sixth largest park after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, katavi and Mkomazi national parks. Its named after the Tarangire river that crosses through the park feeding the park with water. It is characterized by dense vegetation of acacia and mixed woodland, the area around Tarangire River however, is dominated by huge baobab trees and old doum palm trees to a lesser prominence, as well as black cotton grass. It is famed by its large herds of elephants that are often seen at the river bed. Migrating wildebeests, zebras, buffalos, impalas, gazelles, hartebeests and many other wild life. The park has real plenty of birdlife. Over 550 species of birds can be viewed in this park. The Lions of Tarangire are unique, they climb trees. The park has plenty of reptiles ranging from pythons, cobra and many other species of snakes. Lion are common throughout Tarangire, leopards and cheetahs seem to like the open grasslands of Tarangire. Spotted hyenas and vultures are common opportunistic scarventures. Wild dogs and jackals can be spotted also although rarely. Tarangire is an excellent reserve for elephant viewing and the famous baobab trees. The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit.