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Arusha National Park

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If you are in Arusha you should visit this National Park, this will be a day to remember. There are an abundance of wildlife to see and you will be amazed just how close they are willing to come to your vehicle. This park boasts an ecosystem different from all of the others in the northern circuit- it is lush and green! It is located not so far from Arusha town, the park is easily accessible. You will have an amazing walking safari to the waterfalls; the guides are friendly and full of knowledge.

Arusha National park is the place of very dense forest and all green. This park lies on the foot of Mount Meru. It’s a rather small park, but very diverse – there is a part with mountain forest where you can encounter endemic monkey species, Serengeti Ndogo (small Serengeti) which gives you a feeling of open plains full of wildlife, beautiful Momella Lakes with incredible views of Mount Meru, where you can do a canoe safari with a local guide.

 

Most visitors loved Mount Meru view; they never got tired of seeing the giraffes, flamingos, just everything. Stopped for lunch, watched the hippos and birds and just enjoyed. They really enjoyed seeing the different animals like giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, hippos, antilopes, apes and baboons including an albino baboon, if the season is right, a lot of birds. It’s a must to take a walk with a ranger. It’s a must to take a walk with a ranger. The fig arch tree is the most famous sight, but there are some beautiful waterfalls and the views at the Momella Lakes are also not to be missed.

The roads are not good and a 4-wheeled car is to prefer. Please observe that food is only available well outside the national park if you don’t bring a lunch pack. I’m sure you will enjoy visiting this park after seeing black and white calabos Monkey. Arusha National Park is a very good place to go, plenty of wildlife. A stunning, small national park sitting on the lower slopes of Mt Meru. This park does not attract the same attention as the others in the region. I wouldn’t say it is overlooked, however, just isn’t as popular as it’s nearby neighbours.

Climbing Mt. Meru or enjoying the smaller trails that criss-cross its lower slopes is a popular activity for visitors to Arusha National Park. The three-day trek to reach the crater’s summit is a quieter, and some say more challenging alternative than the famous peak of nearby Mount Kilimanjaro.

The entrance gate leads into shadowy montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colourful turacos and trogons – the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog.

Although elephants are uncommon in Arusha National Park, and lions are absent altogether, leopards and spotted hyenas may be seen slinking around in the early morning and late afternoon. It is also at dusk and dawn that the veil of cloud on the eastern horizon is most likely to clear, revealing the majestic snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, which is only 50km (30 miles) away.

You can drive through on your own through the park, but I’m sure we would have enjoyed the experience more with professional guides. This is a beautiful park and worth your time. The landscape is beautiful.

Walking and Bike Safari in Arusha National Park

Together with a park ranger you will enter by bike to a bushy jungle, only accesible to you and by the first time in Tanzania. You will enjoy a short game drive before getting into the bike track safari. Our best bike safari for everyone levels. A flat 20 Km route that will leave you open by the singular beauty of the park in the heart of a rainforest and the possibility of finding fauna on the way.

  • Bike aprox 6 hours.
  • Lenght Bike 30 km

You will make a walking safari next to an armed ranger, to the base of the most beautiful waterfall in the park, and in which you can see and contemplate the fauna that prowls in its surroundings,

  • Walk aprox 2 hours.
  • Lenght Walk 3 km.

Named for its great beauty “the jewel of Africa”, with only 542 square kilometers, is the closest park of the famous “safari city” of Arusha. You will end with a safari on foot, with an armed park ranger, towards a beautiful waterfall, which will undoubtedly surprise you.

Summary

Arusha National Park covers an area of 542 square kilometers and lies between the peaks of Mountain Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru and ascends from 1500 meters at Momela to 4566 meters at the summit of Mount Meru. Initially, when established in 1960, the park contained Ngurdoto Crater and Momela lakes, until 1967 when Mt. Meru was made part of it.

The flora and fauna varies with the topography, which ranges from forest to swamp. The best time for visiting is during the dry season from July-March. The best months to climb Mount Meru are June-February (although there are some rains in November). On clear days magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru can be seen from almost any part of the park. The best views of Mt. Kilimanjaro are from December-February.

The Park is only 32 kilometers east of Arusha, 58 kilometers from Moshi and 35 kilometers from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). It is the nearest National Park to both Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport and is thereby an easy day trip. From the main road between Arusha and Moshi it is about 10 kilometers to reach Ngongongare Main entrance Gate.

The Park contains diverse resident populations of herbivores, primates and predators, animals such as Black and White Colobus Monkey, Baboons, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos, Hippos, Leopards, Hyenas, Waterbucks, Warthogs and a wide range of antelope species. No lions in the park although you can see leopards if you are lucky. Arusha National Park is famous for its 400 species of bird life, both migrants and residents such as Red-sharks, Hammerkops, Spur-winged Geese, Herons, Woodpeckers, Grey- Parrots, Secretary birds and many more. The Momela Lakes offer plenty of bird-watching opportunities.