Arusha National Park is a small 137 km2 park but has excellent sights, including Mount Meru, the fourth highest peak in Africa (4566m). When entering Arusha National Park, the transition between urban chaos and pristine mountain hiking paths is very obvious and abrupt. The breathtaking landscapes range from the Meru Crater in the west, the Ngurdoto Crater in the south-east, to the grasslands and the lakes of Momella in the north-east.

Visitors are thrilled. Ngurdoto Crater, often called Little Ngorongoro, with its swamp-filled floor, is also sheltered by it. The black & white Colobus monkeys, small predators, giraffes, elephants and buffaloes are animals that can be found in the park, among others. As a starting point for your trip to acclimatise after a long international flight, the park is excellent. You can see the majestic Kilimanjaro in the distance on a clear day with a bit of luck.

Location

In northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours(126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu. There By road, charter or scheduled flight from Arusha, enroute to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Best time

Dry season (July-October) for large mammals; wet season (November-June) for bird watching, the waterfalls and canoeing. Accommodation One luxury tree house-style camp, public banda sand campsites inside the park. One luxury tented camp and two lodges perched on the Rift Wall overlooking the lake; several guest houses and campsites in nearby Mto wa Mbu.

Thing To do

Canoing when the water levelsis suffi ciently high. Cultural tours, mountain biketours, abseiling and forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.

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