ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

The closest national park to Arusha town – northern Tanzania’s safari capital – Arusha National Park is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safari goers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats within a few hours.

The most common animals found in this park are the Abyssinian black and white colobus monkeys, the Vervet monkeys, the red forest duikers, hippos, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, bushbucks and sometimes the leopard. More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park including Eurasian migrants, which can be seen between October and April. Mount Meru 4575 m can be scaled in three to four days, with overnight accommodation in alpine huts on your way up and down,

 

The small national park includes the slopes, summit, and ash cone of Mt. Meru, the Momella Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater, and the lush highland forests that blanket its lower slopes. Game viewing around the Momella Lakes is at a laid-back and quiet pace, and while passing through the forest many visitors stop to search for troupes of colobus monkeys playing in the canopy.

 

BEST KNOWN FOR

  • Rich tapestry of flora and fauna it supports
  • The Arusha National Park and Arusha town derive their name from the Wa-Arusha people who traditionally lived in this area.
  • Until 1967 this was known as Ngurdoto Crater National Park.
  • It has three distinct zones that defines its beauty and variety

    WHEN TO GO

    The climate is temperate throughout the year. Two wet seasons – November to December (short rains) and March to May.Driest months – August to October

    Best time to visit is anytime between July and March, Best time to climb Mt. Meru are between June and February

    ACTIVITIES

    • Bird watching
    • Forest Walks
    • 3 to 4 days Mt Meru climb
    • Game drives for few days or even a day trip is possible.

THE VIEW OF MOUNT KILIMANJARO FROM ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

Although elephants are uncommon in Arusha National Park, and lions absent altogether, leopards and spotted hyenas may be seen slinking around in the early morning and late afternoon. It is also at dusk and dawn that the veil of cloud on the eastern horizon is most likely to clear, revealing the majestic snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, only 50km (30 miles) distant.

But it is Kilimanjaro’s unassuming cousin, Mount Meru – the fifth highest in Africa at 4,566 meters (14,990 feet) – that dominates the park’s horizon. Its peaks and eastern foot slopes protected within the national park, Meru offers unparalleled views of its famous neighbor, while also forming a rewarding hiking destination in its own right.

 

Contact

P.O BOX 694, MOROGORO TANZANIA

info@safarispartners.com

+255 768 141 516

 

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