Arusha National Park
Nestled in northern Tanzania, Arusha National Park is a hidden gem among East Africa’s renowned safari destinations. Covering an area of 552 square kilometers, it may be one of Tanzania’s smaller national parks, but it packs a powerful punch in terms of natural beauty and biodiversity. With its varied landscapes, diverse wildlife, and striking views of Mount Meru, Arusha National Park offers a captivating blend of ecosystems and a true taste of Tanzania’s scenic wonders.
What to Know
Arusha National Park Overview
Arusha National Park Highlights
Arusha National Park boasts a rich and diverse array of wildlife species. Though it doesn’t support the same concentration of large mammals as some other Tanzanian parks, it is still home to a variety of animals. The park’s lush montane forests are inhabited by colobus monkeys and blue monkeys, while buffalos, giraffes, zebras, and waterbucks roam its open grasslands. Birdwatchers will appreciate the park’s significant avian population, including vibrant flamingos that can be seen at the Momella Lakes.
About Arusha National Park
Established in 1960, Arusha National Park is a treasure trove of biodiversity, unique ecosystems, and spectacular views of Mt. Meru. The park’s name, Arusha, comes from of the Wa-Arusha Tribe, native to this region. Given its close proximity to the airport in Arusha, Arusha National Park is a popular destination for visitors traveling on longer northern circuit safaris. The small national park includes Mt. Meru’s slopes, summit, ash cone, the Momela Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater, and the lush highland forests that blanket its lower slopes.
Birdlife in Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is a haven for bird enthusiasts, with over 400 bird species documented within its boundaries. The Momella Lakes attract numerous waterfowl, such as pelicans, flamingos, and herons. Other notable species include the African fish eagle, augur buzzard, and the silvery-cheeked hornbill. With its diverse habitats, from open savannah to montane forests, the park offers an exceptional opportunity for birdwatching.
What to Do
ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR TRIP
Explore the park’s diverse landscapes on a guided game drive, encountering a variety of wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, and buffaloes. Keep an eye out for leopards and hyenas in the park’s dense forests.
Hiking and Nature Walks
Be on a journey to the summit of Mount Meru or enjoy a leisurely nature walk in the forested areas to appreciate the park’s stunning scenery and lush vegetation.
Take to the tranquil waters of the Momella Lakes, observing wildlife from a unique vantage point and enjoying the serenity of these freshwater bodies.
For a more adventurous experience, explore the park’s trails by mountain bike, combining the thrill of cycling with wildlife and nature.
Experience the beauty of the park while riding on horseback, offering a unique perspective on the landscapes and wildlife.
Where to Stay
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