Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park  is a gem of varied ecosystems and spectacular views of Mt. Meru, the crater that gives the region its name. Brobably good for a day trip from Arusha, before embarking on your main safari circuit, this small national park offers a calm and quiet space for enjoying the richness of Tanzanian wildlife. At a laid-back pace, you can take the time to look up into the canopy and spot the acrobatics of the rare black and white Colobus monkeys, as well as playful blue Monkeys, and the dazzling colors of Trogons and Turacos.


If the three days trek up Mount Meru isn’t for you, still you can enjoy a relaxing exploration of its lower slopes, along trails that wind around crystal clear mountain streams and attractive waterfalls. The tranquil greens and blues of the Momela Lakes often provide a backdrop for thousands of vibrant Flamingos, as well as a rich diversity of migrant Waterfowl, and both Giraffes and Zebras graze on the grassy hills. There may be no Lions to see here, and Elephants are uncommon, but you might be lucky enough to see some pleasing to the eye Leopards and spotted Hyenas during morning and late afternoon.

The slopes, summit, and ash cone of Mount Meru dominate this Small Park, as well as lush highland forests of ancient fig trees. When the clouds clear on the eastern horizon, you might even get a glimpse of the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro.

Size: 552 sq km (212 sq miles).

Mount Meru

The fifth highest mountain on the African continent and Tanzania’s second highest mountain is the result of a massive volcanic blast that destroyed the eastern flank, some 250,000 years ago. Your ascent to the summit will take you on a journey from dry forests to dense mountain rainforest, which then gives way to scrubland. Higher up, heath and moorland take over, until all that’s left is the barren alpine desert. The changing wildlife is equally varied and inspiring, offering regular encounters with large game, such as Elephants and Buffalo, and you may even spot some Leopards as you climb. Of course, it’s vital to be guided by an experienced and armed park ranger.


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