Northern National Parks
ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
A relatively small but interesting conservation area that extends over just 137 square kilometres and which is easily accessible from the town of Arusha in Tanzania Northeast.
The reserve is centred on Mount Meru, which represents a significant two or three night trek, sometimes used as a warm up for Mount Kilimanjaro.
The majority of visitors come for the pretty scenery, with areas of lakes and volcanic craters, plus some significant wildlife. There are some excellent hiking trails in the park, as well as some modest canoeing. Perhaps the biggest single draw are the famed views over Mount Kilimanjaro. There are also Hollywood connections with the renowned John Wayne movie “Hatari” having been shot here in the 1950’s.
The main potential downsides for Arusha National Park include the fact that the wildlife here is rather elusive, the views of Mount Kilimanjaro area very unreliable and there is significant human encroachment around the periphery.
One of the most beautiful parks in Tanzania, Arusha National Park is located only 32 km from Arusha. Aside from the abundance of wildlife, flora, and fauna, there are three spectacular features; the Momella lakes, Mt. Meru Crater, and the Ngurdoto Crater. Both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru can be seen from the park when the weather is nice.
The African Arusha National Park three most significant features include the rugged Mount. Meru (Tanzania’s second highest peak at 4566m), the notably different coloured Momela Lakes, and the 3km wide Ngurdoto Crater, which was formed about fifteen million years ago! The varied and beguiling animals and flora found in this game reserve are mainly determined by the different altitude and geography of these 3 “zones”.
Southern National Parks
Activites and Special Interests
Antelope of all sorts; buffalo; leopard; hyaena; baboon; colobus monkey; giraffe; rhino; elephant; hippopotamus.