Arusha National Park: Facts, Features and More

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Size: 
552 sq km (212 sq miles).
 
Location: 
Northern Tanzania, between Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro.
 
Getting to: 
A 45 minute drive from Arusha or one hour from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
 
Things to do: 
Forest walks, Picnicking, Canoe safaris, Mountain climbing and hiking, Bird and animal watching, Monkey trekking.
 
Best time to visit:
It is best to climb Mt Meru between June and February, although it tends to rain in November. Best views of Kilimanjaro are between December and February.
 

Accomodation & Services

Park fees

Park map

Safari Lodges

Camp sites

 

Why should you visit? 

Arusha National Park is one of the most diverse parks topographically. At dusk and dawn the majestic snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, only 50km (30 mi) distant, are easily seen but it is Kilimanjaro’s unassuming cousin, Mount Meru – the fifth highest in Africa at 4,566 metres (14,990 feet) – that dominates the park’s horizon.

Meru offers unparalleled views of its famous neighbour, while also forming a rewarding hiking destination in its own right. To the north, rolling grassy hills enclose the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes, each one a different hue of green or blue. Their shallows sometimes tinged pink with thousands of flamingos, the lakes support a rich selection of resident and migrant waterfowl, and shaggy waterbucks are also present.

Giraffes and zebra herds intermingle while pairs of wide-eyed dik-dik dart around. Also present is Ngurdoto Crater, where wildlife is also abundant.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your safari now!

 

Iman Lipumba
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