Arusha National Park

Giraffe enjoying acacia in Arusha national park

Tanzania’s smallest National Park is located 25km east of Arusha town. A visit to Arusha is rewarding as a day trip and as part of an extended Tanzania safari program.

The different altitudes within the borders of the park, which ranges from swampland at 1,500 meters to forest at 4,500 meters, supports a variety of vegetation zones and numerous wildlife species.

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 all be found in the park. Occasionally elephants migrate between the shared ecosystems of Amboseli national park in Kenya and Arusha.

The landscape treasures of the park include the dormant rocky volcano of Mount Meru, the Momela 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 water.

Ngurdoto viewpoint offers spectacular views over the crater and the surrounding park.

Highlights: 

Hike Mount Meru for 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 nature.

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