The Lesser Known Arusha National Park of Tanzania

Thinking of vacationing in the wild?

Well, how about experiencing the pristine wildlife on a Safari in Tanzania and creating deeply etched memories to cherish for a lifetime. Experience the transformation from the mundane urban life to the summoning mountain hiking trails in the Arusha National Park, which is one of Tanzania’s most beautiful and topographically protected areas. The park spans across 552 sq km. Although a small park with an amazing wildlife, it is beyond comparison to that of other parks in the northern-circuit. Walk amidst its breathtaking scenery, forget every other spectacle and begin to explore the boundless possibilities of soul-stirring trekking.

Arusha National Park lies on a 300-kilometre axis of Africa’s most celebrated national parks running from Serengeti and Ngurdoto Crater in the west to Kilimanjaro National Park in the east. The Ndurguto Crater, also called as the Little Ngorongoro, is an exciting site with a swamp floor and a volcanic cone that renders it a lost-world feel. The park envelops Mount Meru with this undaunting crater. Mount Meru is the second highest peak in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro. Located 60 km away, it provides charming views of the park from the eastern side.

Ngurdoto Crater

The park consists of picturesque landscapes in three distinct areas. The shallow alkaline Momella Lakes in the north-east have varying algal colours and are known for their wading birds. In the west, the Meru Crater funnels the Jekukumia River with the peak of Mount Meru clinging to its rim. The Ngurdoto Crater lying in the south-east is grassland. The park has a splendid variety of wildlife, some common animals including Zebra, the Black-and-White Colobus monkey, the Blue monkey,Cape buffalo, Flamingo, Warthog, Lion, Elephant, and many such African animals. However, the Leopard populations are rarely seen. You can safely expect more than the routine game-viewing experience of other national parks on your , as there are many forest bird species seen more easily on this tourist route as compared to other tourist routes, owing to the prolific birdlife in the forest. Some of the birding attractions are – Narina trogon and bar-tailed trogon whilst the range of starling species are less striking.

Momella Lakes

The Arusha National Park Experience

Pack the excitement of a Tanzania Safari into a single day as you can choose from the options depending on your preference of spending your day at the Arusha National Park. If you have selected a full day Safari from Arusha, you can enjoy the safari day trip with game drives. One of the attractions is birding, as this site would be ideal for birders to watch hundreds of species flutter above them. Witness the spectacular view of wildlife on the slopes of Mount Meru as there is a wide range of ecosystems within the park boundaries. Spot a diverse range of wildlife in a day’s time and enjoy a scrumptious picnic lunch in the national park boundaries.

As the day begins, set off into the majestic landscape and brace yourself to embrace the surprises awaiting you. Tanzanian visitors often overlook this place, although it is undeniably special. Visit the magnificent Ngurdoto Crater and catch the amazing resident wildlife. You can see the acrobatic black and white colobus monkey easily here, the only place on Tanzania’s Northern Circuit to view this species.

You can also catch a glimpse of Leopards and Hyenas. An elephant sighting, however, would be rare, and Lions are absent. But there is every chance to set sight on Giraffe, Zebra, Waterbuck, and Dik-dik. While you break for a picnic lunch in this wonderful ambiance, you can enjoy the colorful birdlife with Trogon, Turaco, and Flamingo. Your driver-guide will help you identify the species.

A Half Day Tour

Wondering if it is possible to explore the whole park within half a day? Well, the answer is yes. If you are a tourist hopping by a lot of Tanzanian Parks, this option is very convenient as a stopover. A tour to Arusha national Park can be conveniently squeezed into your itinerary.This tour could serve as a preview of what can be expected in other wildlife parks of Tanzania.  If you are traveling and are on a layover at Kilimanjaro airport, grab your chance to savour this tour. With experienced professionals for your tour guides, stay rest assured of the best game viewing experience.

This can also be an apt opportunity for you to escape from the routine and dull city life. Take a break from monotony and wade into the charm of this park. The main gate is 25 km east of the city and 35 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), the park is just a few kilometres north east of Arusha.

You will definitely soak in the unforgettable 4 hours of professional guided tour, and as many encounters with the wildlife as possible before leaving the park for Arusha town or the airport.

The best part about the park is that you can choose to spend either half a day or a whole day on relaxed game drives through Arusha National Park, and watch out for some of the Cape Buffalo, Giraffes, Zebras, and Monkeys that live within the relatively small reserve.

Highlights Of The Park

The park’s three most amazing features include the towering Mount Meru (Tanzania’s second highest peak at 4566m), the vividly different coloured Momela Lakes, and the 3km wide Ngurdoto Crater, which was formed about fifteen million years ago!

Mount Meru

Visit these spellbinding attractions of Arusha national park, enjoy the rich African wildlife that includes animals like Zebras, Blue Monkeys, Antelopes, African Buffalos, Elephants, Giraffe, Hippos, Warthogs, and rarely a leopard or a hyena. Retire to your lodge after a tiring day of soul fulfilling adventure.

Carry the required documents for your travel, adventure gears and clothing and set yourself free to get close to nature. Heal yourself in these boundless plains that are brimming with fresh and authentic magnificence . Enjoy your trip and create memories that last for a lifetime.

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