Stretching nearly 1,100 square miles from the Tanzania-Kenya border in the north, to the Maasai Steppe in the south, Tarangire National Park contains the highest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, yet it’s often skipped over by tourists. Most known for its abundant population of elephants, Tarangire is also unique for its burnt orange mud that makes the elephants turn red. Vast expanses of open space dominated by beautiful Acacia and baobab trees, make Tarangire National Park the perfect place to view the moody images of African landscapes. Within the park, life revolves around the Tarangire River. As the primary water source—particularly in the dry season—the river attracts an abundance of animals. It’s not uncommon to spot groups of 50 to 70 elephants especially from July through September.