Arusha National Park

This Arushan gem is located in the heart of Tanzania’s safari capital and is a great experience, whether you have a whole day or just a few hours.

The city of Arusha has earned the distinguished reputation as The Safari Capital of the World, and for good reason. It is central to most of Tanzania’s most popular national parks. But a local gem that often gets left behind is The Arusha National Park.

It is admittedly smaller than other national parks, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less valuable. In fact, the size of the park makes it more ideal for day or walking safaris.

This national park is home a stunning array of wildlife and gorgeous landscapes. In fact, it’s the only place on the Northern Safari Circuit where the black and white colobus monkey can be easily spotted.

The landscape features a mix of grassy savannah and dense forests. In the middle of it all stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, where steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor. Within the crater you can spot herds of buffalo and warthogs.

As you continue through the park, you’ll glimpse the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes. These beautiful landscapes glimmer with differing shades of green and blue, and are sometimes dotted with thousands of pink flamingoes.

What You’ll See

Arusha National Park is a local gem as far as national parks go

The rolling grassy hills surrounding the lakes are home to wildlife of all shapes and sizes, including graceful, towering giraffes, playful zebras, and the agile and spry dik-diks.

Admittedly, you won’t see the more popular elephants or lions in Arusha National Park. But in the early morning or late afternoon, chances are you will glimpse a prowling leopard or stealthy hyena exploring their domain. The park’s location and size makes it ideal of a day jeep safari or walking safari.

The park is also the ideal place to catch a glimpse of Kilimanjaro’s majestic, snow-capped peak, which sits only 50 km (30 miles) away on the Eastern horizon.

Another, more dominating feature of the surrounding landscape is Mount Meru, which is often referred to Kili’s more modest, but no less majestic, cousin. Mount Meru stands at 4,566 meters (14,990 feet), making it the fifth highest mountain in Africa.

Source: Tanzania Tourist Board

Header Image Source: Tanzania Tourist Board

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