Arusha National Park is one of the small but iconic national parks in the country. Residing at the Arusha Region of Tanzania the national park is really easy to access.
The national park covers the foothill of Mt. Meru and offers a great view of a vibrant and diverse landscape.
The iconic fact that makes Arusha unique is Mt. Meru creating a stunning and dramatic effect on its backdrop.
The national park covers up the foothill of Mt. Meru that is the 2nd highest volcanic peak of the country. Mt. Meru is mostly assumed as the little brother of Kilimanjaro and one of the popular peaks between trekkers who are not fit enough to Climb Kilimanjaro.
Most of the Kilimanjaro climbers also Climb Mt Meru first for practice and get their body acquainted with the mountainous atmosphere.
It is surrounded by Ngurdoto Crater in the south-east which is grassland and Momella Lakes in the north-east. The Meru Crater funnels the Jekukumia River in the west.
Covering up 137 sq. km the national park is a small area but twinkling with the untamed game view. Mostly travelers ignore this national park due to its size, however, it is a great spot of Tanzania and a must-visit spot.
The national park offers a great diversity in wildlife and birdlife too. Few notable animal species are;
Arusha is also rich in various activities. Taking a canoeing safari in the Momella Lake flowing in the national park is one of the most appreciated ones.
Taking a walk, exploring Ngurdoto Crater, having picnic lunch in the lap of nature and more can be enjoyed in Arusha National Park.
Black and White Colobus Monkey, MomelaLakes, CanoeingSafari, The Mountain Meru.
To climb Mt Meru: June-February although it may rain in November. Best views of Kilimanjaro: December - February.
June - February
December - February
An easy 40 minute drive from Arusha. Approximately 60 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lakes, forest and Ngurdoto Crater can all be visited in the course of a half day outing at the beginning or end of an extended northern safari.
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