Arusha National Park

arusha2Arusha National Park may be small, but it protects Africa’s 5th highest peak, Mount Meru. It is a rarely visited park hence it has an almost intact ecosystem consisting of montane forest, rolling grassy hills and momela lakes.

The forest is inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys, colourful turacos and is the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen.

In the middle of the forest lies the spectacular Ngurdoto crater whose rocky cliffs enclose a marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog.

About Arusha National Park

Size: 552 sq km 212 sq miles).
Location: Northern Tanzania, northeast of Arusha town..

Getting there

An easy 40-minute drive from Arusha. Approximately 60 km (35 miles) from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lakes, forest and Ngurdoto Crater can all be visited in the course of a half-day outing at the beginning or end of an extended northern safari.

What to do

Forest walks, numerous picnic sites;
three- or four-day Mt Meru climb - good acclimatization for Kilimanjaro.


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