Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park

Overview

Arusha National Park is stated to be the gateway of the all the African Safaris. It is located 37 km from Arusha town, is one of the most easily accessible and beautiful national parks in Tanzania. Spread over 137 sq. Km, of land, this small national park has one of beguiling diversity of flora and fauna in the country.

Arusha National Park is apt for day trips as you can discover the enticing varied habitats within a few hours. However, this little jewel is often overlooked by travellers and safari goers.

Arusha offers some of the breathtaking landscapes in Tanzania and varied wildlife. The spectacular Ngurdoto Crater lies in the south-east region of the park, the tranquil Momella Lakes in the north-east while the fifth-highest peak of Africa Mount Meru dominates the park’s horizon. You can have great views of the majestic Kilimanjaro from Meru’s Peak, which is the perfect warm-up trek before summiting Mount Meru’s modest cousin of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Arusha has a diverse wildlife within its varied habitats of shadowy montane forest, grassy hills, wooded Savannah and alpine deserts. You can spot giraffes, zebras, dik-dik, elephants, buffaloes, hippo, warthog, black & white colobus monkeys and blue monkeys. And if luck favours you can also spot leopard, cheetah, hyena, wild dog and wildebeest.

It also has a varied aviary population with over 400 bird species, making it one of the favourite spots of bird lovers. You can spot augur buzzard, Verreaux’s eagle and water birds such as flamingo, duck, pelican, a variety of heron, little grebe and wader at Momella Lakes. Migratory birds can also be witnessed from November to April, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.

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