To the southeast of Tanzania's Lake Manyara lies Tarangire National Park. The main entrance is about four hours drive southwest of Arusha, and about two hours drive from Mbulu where our son and his family live. So, during our 2013 visit to Mbulu, we joined our kids and grandkids for several days in Tarangire. We stayed in a lodge at the Park Headquarters. They were clean and comfortable, with self-catered kitchen facilities. Arriving at our lodge or banda, about five species of mammals were close by, and wandered off to make room for us. During the first night, a wildebeest was killed by predators, presumably lions, in front of the chief ranger's house and within about 50 meters of our lodge. Though a four wheel drive vehicle is not essential, our son's let us explore the Park more fully, especially when crossing sandy riverbeds. The Tarangire River is the literal centerpiece of the Park, since it runs down the middle of the relatively narrow Park. In the dry season, this river is the only reliable source of water in the region, and draws wildlife from a great distance. Numerous elephants dominate the animal world. Their counterparts in the vegetable world are the giant baobabs which are so prolific as to be called "forests" in a loose sense. There is also a wide variety of birds. The Park experience was well worth the effort and expense, and we look forward to other opportunities for the family to enjoy Tarangire.