Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park covering an area of 137
square kilometers, Arusha National Park lies between
the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru.
Known for its remarkable range of altitude,
topography, and vegetation, the park hosts a variety
of species particular to forest, mountain, and
There are three main areas of interest in Arusha
National Park: the Ngurdoto Volcano Crater, the
Momela Lakes, and the rugged Mt. Meru.
The Ngurdoto Crater is surrounded by highland
forest, a prime setting to spot black and white
colobus monkeys traveling along the treetops. Rim to
rim, the crater extends 3 kilometers and descends
into a volcanic bowl teeming with wildlife. The view
from the rim is spectacular, where buffalo and
warthogs can often be seen on the crater's swampy
floor and the huge crowned eagle may be seen flying
The Momela Lakes circuit is a string of wonderful
crater lakes, each with its own charm and geological
peculiarities. These lakes, like many in the 20
million-year-old Rift Valley, are shallow, alkaline
and fed predominantly by underground streams.
Giraffes, hippos, and elephants are especially
common to this area.
Notably, the area is also a birder's paradise,
hosting an astonishing variety of migratory and
resident bird life. Over 400 species of birds have
been recorded in the park. In addition to the large
flamingo population, some notable species include
the Crowned Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Silvery-Cheeked
Hornbill, Egyptian Vulture, and Hammerhead Stork.
The Mt. Meru Crater offers one of the most stunning
landscapes in Africa and is considered to be the
highpoint of any visit to Arusha National Park. Mt.
Meru, Tanzania's second highest peak, is an
interesting mixture of lush forests and bare rocks.
The forests contain a wealth of birds and other
animals, like the beautiful bushbuck easily glimpsed
in the glades between the ancient cedar trees.
A great place for day trips, walking safaris, and
photography expeditions, Arusha National Park is
just 21 kilometers from the town of Arusha and is
easily reached via the Moshi Road.