Just outside of Arusha, northern Tanzania’s safari capital, you will find Arusha National Park. This gem is often overlooked by tourists,
despite the opportunity it offers to explore diverse habitats within a short period of time.
Near the entrance, there is a Montane forest, where blue monkeys, turocos, and trogons reside. Black and white colobus monkeys also live in these forests, and are usually seen high in the trees. In the middle of the forest lies Ngurdoto Crater, which contains a marsh, where water buffalos and warthogs may be found. As you move to the northern aspect of the park, grassy hills surround the Momella lakes, which are different hues from varied mineral concentrations. These lakes support a variety of resident and migratory water birds. Giraffes, zebras, and dik-diks graze in the grass and bushes around the lakes. Leopards and spotted hyenas can be seen in the early mornings and late afternoons. Elephants are not very common in this park and lions are all together absent.
Mount Meru, the fifth highest African peak (4566 m), dominates the horizon in Arusha National Park. A hike up Mount Meru offers a rewarding view of the majestic peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Come and see wild animals grazing on the grassy plains beside the Momella lakes, watch resident and migratory birds feed on lake algae, and hike Mount Meru!
Popular activities inside Arusha National Park
- Game Drives
- Walking Safari