Arusha national park
Tanzania’s smallest National Park. The varying altitude provides a variety of vegetation zones to support numerous animal species.
Located 25km east of Arusha town, a visit to the park can be a rewarding day trip as well as part of an extended Tanzania safari program.
The wildlife within the park varies with the altitude, which ranges from swampland at 1,500 meters to forest at 4,500 meters.
Over 400 species of migrant and resident birds have been recorded here. Black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard, hyena, zebra and a wide variety of antelope can be found in the park.
Although not regular visitors, sometimes elephant herds migrate between the shared ecosystems of Amboseli national park in Kenya and Arusha.
The treasures of the park include the dormant rocky volcano of Mount Meru, Momella Lakes and the the lush swamps of Ngurdoto Crater.
The shallow, alkaline Momela lakes are particularly interesting for bird watching with a variety of wader birds attracted to the location.
Ngurdoto viewpoint offers spectacular views over the crater and the surrounding park habitats.
Highlights: Climbing Mount Meru (unparalleled views of Mt Kilimanjaro and the Great Rift Valley); canoe safaris on Momella lake; walking safaris around Ngurdoto Crater - an opportunity to get up close to observe the natural world at its own pace.
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