Tarangire is the least visited of the four parks making up the northern circuit, the reason for this is not that it is less impressive but more because it is slightly out of the way and often missed due to a lack of time. We strongly recommend including this in a northern Tanzania itinerary, especially in the dry season when the game viewing is up there with the best in Africa.
Tarangire is part of a huge ecosystem with the Tarangire River being the only permanent water source in the area, this is the draw for all the wildlife during the dry season, with the best known being the large herds of elephants that migrate through the park. During the rains much of the wildlife disperses as water becomes readily available throughout the region. We still love to include Tarangire in an itinerary after the rains, it becomes less of a must see but the more remote areas become even less frequently visited so you get the most amazing sense of wilderness driving or walking around these parts of the park.
There are a number of camps and lodges in the northern part of the park as well as those located close to the main gate, while there are a couple of good options up here we much prefer to send people to the much quieter southern sector and to include at least two night stay to get the most of making the journey down here.