Tips and Guide to Arusha National Park Tanzania. The park and town derive their name from the Waarusha people, who live in this area.
It covers an area of about 137 square km and is located on the slopes of Mount Meru (4575 meters above sea level).
Often over-looked by visitors, Arusha Park has incredible volcanic scenery, wonderful views of Mt. Kilimanjaro (on clear days), a beautiful rainforest and plenty of wildlife.
The main features are Ngurdoto Crater and the Momella Lakes. The Momella Lakes attract a wide variety of birds, particularly flamingos.
Guests sometimes enjoy this park just as much as the Serengeti. Its close proximity to Arusha usually means that it gets put first on a Northern Parksitinerary.
The park lies just 25 km East of Arusha. 40 minutes drive from Arusha.
Things to Do:
Game-Drives, Forest Walks, Canoeing, Mt. Meru Climb.
Time to visit:
The best time to visit the park is during the dry season from July to November, or after the short rains from December to March. Usually 1 full day but 2 days if hiking and canoeing. Day trip from Arusha is possible.
Abundant: Zebras, Giraffes, Waterbucks, Reedbucks, Klipspringers, Hippos, Buffaloes, Hyenas, Mongooses, Dik Diks, Warthogs, Baboons and Vervet and Colobus Monkeys. Perhaps Elephants and Leopards, but no Lions or Rhinos.
The birdlife especially, waterfowl, is abandunt and interesting.