The distance from central Arusha to Tanzania’s Northern circuit park is only 45 minutes. At just over 212 square miles (542 sq. km), its located between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru mountain.
Within the park, there are three broad areas to be found:
Firstly, Ngurdoto Crater (surrounded by forest)
Secondly, The Momela Lakes (alkaline)
Thirdly, Mount Meru (lush forest and bare rock)
In conclusion, these are all at varying altitudes and, as a result, have very different vegetation – it is all this helps to make this such a diverse park to visit.
Despite its small size, Arusha National Park has a wide variety of wildlife. Within the park’s three vegetation zones, with the different animals. Near water, reedbuck, and waterbuck are covered in small, while shy bushbuck and duiker keep to the forested parts of the park. The Mount Meru ecosystem is incredibly diverse and home to more elusive larger mammals, such as leopard and hyena.
Almost 400 species are available in the park, along with wide butterflies and other wildlife. Some of them are migratory and only present between October and April. Others are permanent residents. Especially the Momela lakes are an excellent place for bird watching, which host a large concentration of waterbirds, including flamingos. There is also a variety of raptors, which hide in the forested areas of Mount Meru.
The park is only 137km² but includes a diverse range of habitats. At the Arusha National Park, you can find mountains, a rainforest, open savannah, alkaline lakes, and even a volcanic crater.
Mount Meru stands at 4 566 ( 14,980ft), the fifth-highest mountain in Africa.
You get great views of Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain, and within the park’s boundary on clear days. You can also see across Kilimanjaro – which is 50km away.
Best time to visit:
Mount Meru: It is climbing: June to February, although it may rain in November. Best views of Kilimanjaro: December to February.
Best activity in the park:
There are different kinds of activities such as Horse riding, bird-viewing, game driving, canoeing in the big Mommella Lake.
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