The Tarangire River is the primary source of freshwater for wildlife during the dry season and offers a very scenic area from where you can enjoy many sightings. This river provides a great shelter for the largest elephant population and other animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem.
During the wet season mostly in November–January and March–May, rainfall causes high rate of flow with rapid rises and falls in water level and the game disperses into other areas within the ecosystem. As the landscape dries the wildlife returns, drawn to the Tarangire River, which is a classic, dry season refuge.
From June to November, the animals gather around the Tarangire River mostly in the middle of the day when searching for water, and this is the best time to visit the area.