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Arusha National Park

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Only 32 km away from Arusha town, there is a little gem that deserves your attention: the Arusha National Park, apart from game drive, offers the rare opportunity of a walking safari within its borders while accompanied by an armed ranger and also canoeing at one of its lakes. On clear days one can enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from almost any part of the park.

Despite its small size, 137km, it has a great diversity of landscapes ranging from mountain rainforest, to open savannah, acacia woodland, alkaline lakes, a volcanic crater and it even hosts Africa's fifth highest mountain, Meru.

This changing environment makes this park an ideal breeding ground for a rich variety of flora and fauna. There are numerous elephant, giraffe, hyena, zebra and a wide range of antelope species, throughout the park. Hippos, flamingos and pelicans live in the lakes. In the rainforest areas you will come across black and white monkeys, throwing themselves from tree to tree and rarely a leopard can be spotted hiding herself among the branches. The park is also famous for its 400 species of birdlife, both migrant and resident, such as Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill, Peregrine Falcon, Crowned Eagle, Hammerhead stork, Grey Parrots, Secretary Birds and the Egyptian Vulture.

The most important features of the park are Mt. Meru, the Ngurdoto Volcano Crater and the Momela Lakes.

Mount Meru is rising proudly in the center of the park. Walking through its forest and climbing up to its summit, offers very scenic views. Its routes are easier to climb than Kilimanjaro's, with less acclimatization needs. The climb can be done in 3 to 4 days. If you are interested in climbing Mt. Meru, you can find extended information on our activities page.

Ngurdoto is a fully intact 3km wide crater, with a 400m deep volcanic caldera often described as a Ngorongoro miniature. Entrance to the crater is not permitted but the view of grazing animals from the rim down to the crater is spectacular.

The Momella Lakes are shallow alkaline lakes, which are basically fed by underground streams. Each has slightly different mineral content, creating different colourings on their surfaces. It's really worth it to canoe around one of the lakes. This is a peaceful way to get closer to the birds and excellent for photography.

The park can be visited all year round and it is possible to see most of it on a day excursion from Arusha Town. If you wish to stay longer, accommodation in beautiful lodges within the park - can be arranged. This place is a fantastic way to begin your Tanzanian northern circuit safari. Have a look at our itineraries and if you prefer another combination of places and activities, contact us and we will be happy to design a unique program for you.

For safaris to Arusha National Park you can contact us either by filling the booking form or by email at or if you prefer call us on +255 784 605 785. We will be happy to hear from you.

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