Arusha National Park, set in the heart of Tanzania, is a veritable melting pot of habitats and wildlife. It may not be as well-known as the Serengeti or Mount Kilimanjaro, which are situated nearby, but this gem of a park offers a diverse safari experience filled with scenic beauty and various fauna.
Wildlife and Biodiversity
Within the small confines of the park, you’ll encounter a wide range of animal species, including giraffes, zebras, buffalos, elephants, and a variety of primates such as the black and white colobus monkeys. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded here, making it a paradise for bird watchers.
Attractions and Activities
- Ngurdoto Crater: Often referred to as the ‘Little Ngorongoro’, this crater is home to a variety of wildlife, offering excellent game viewing opportunities.
- Momela Lakes: These seven alkaline lakes attract flamingos and other water birds, and provide beautiful panoramic views.
- Mount Meru: Dominating the park’s landscape, this active volcano and the fifth-highest mountain in Africa offer challenging climbing and trekking routes.
- Canoeing Safaris: Enjoy the tranquillity of the Momela Lakes on a canoeing safari, an ideal way to appreciate the park’s birdlife up close.
- Walking Safaris: Accompanied by an armed ranger, walking safaris offer an intimate experience with the park’s wildlife and vegetation.
Best Time to Visit
Arusha National Park can be visited year-round, but the best time for wildlife viewing is during the dry season, from June to October. For bird watchers, the wet season from November to April is a treat as migrant birds are present.
Accessibility and Accommodation
The park is located about 40km from Arusha town, making it one of the most accessible parks in Tanzania. Accommodations within and near the park range from luxury lodges and camps to budget-friendly campsites.
Conservation efforts within Arusha National Park focus on anti-poaching activities, habitat preservation, and fostering a harmonious relationship with the local communities through engagement and education programs.
Experience the wild charm of Arusha National Park, an unforgettable part of any Tanzanian safari adventure. For more information or to plan your trip, contact our Rare Africa Travel experts.