Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park

The transition between unappealing urban chaos and pristine mountain hiking trails is rarely as abrupt as it is in Arusha National Park. One of Tanzania’s most beautiful and topographically varied protected areas, the park is dominated by Mt Meru, an almost perfect volcanic cone with a spectacular crater. It also shelters Ngurdoto Crater (often dubbed Little Ngorongoro) with its swamp-filled floor and lost-world feel. At 552 sq km, it's a small park, and while there is wildlife here, it's nothing compared to that of other northern-circuit parks. But these minor details can be quickly forgotten when you're walking amid the soul-stirring scenery and exploring the meaningful trekking possibilities. Throughout the park, you can spot giraffes, African buffalo, warthogs, monkeys, antelope, and flamingo. Zebra are common throughout the year on the grass plains of Serengeti Ndogo. It is less common to see lions, leopards, and elephants here but not totally unheard of.


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A short drive from Arusha town, Arusha National Park is the smallest of the parks in the northern circuit but not to be underrated. A wide variety of wildlife can be seen in the park in just a day. The park is situated at the base of Mount Meru, an active volcano, and Tanzania’s second-largest mountain after Kilimanjaro. The landscape of the park is influenced by its volcanic past and can be divided into three distinct areas: the Ngurdoto forest, where Black and White Colobus monkeys are found in the treetops; the swampy Ngurdoto crater (sometimes called little Ngorongoro), where you may spot waterbucks and some of the 400 bird species recorded here; and the Momella lakes, 7 lakes famous for their variety of striking blue-green colors caused by varying algae and mineral content.


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