Nestled in the Arusha region, Arusha National Park is a tourist hotspot for harbouring a rich variety of flora and fauna.
The green jewel is home to the fourth highest mountain of Africa, Mount Meru. If you are one of those who love pleasant climate and pristine landscape and wild variety of wildlife, you will simply love Arusha National Park.
World’s largest population of giraffes dwell in Arusha. The long-necked beautiful animal is the main attraction of the park. Other diverse wildlife includes elephants, hippos, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, shy bushbucks and many more.
A small version of Ngorongoro Crater known as Ngurdoto Crater is also inside the park. The area is covered with lush rainforest and is home to black and white colobus monkeys and mitis monkeys. The 3 Km wide crater also experiences some other animals like the buffalos.
Game drives, walking safaris, canoe safaris, picnicking, and climbing Mt. Meru are the activities visitors can enjoy. As the number of predators is less in the park, so a close view of the wild animals during walking safaris are best in the park.
Giraffes are seen abundantly in the park. Other animals inhabiting in the park include Cape buffalo, zebra, warthog, elephant, bushbuck, the black-and-white colobus monkey, the blue monkey, and many other African animals.
Over 400 species of birds have been recorded in Arusha National Park. The commonly seen birds include African fish eagle, African olive pigeon, Bar-tailed trogon, Bearded vulture, Great crested grebe, Little grebe, Peregrine falcon, Red-fronted parrot, Scaly francolin, Silvery-cheeked hornbill, Southern pochard, Tawny eagle, Verreaux’s eagle and many more colourful birds.
Arusha National Park is good to visit all round the year. But the dry season (June to October) offers the best view of the park. The vegetation becomes thinner so the wild animals gather around the water sources. So a huge number of wild animals can be seen in one place.
The wet season (November to May) gives the amazing view of Kilimanjaro and Meru. The migratory birds are heavily present this time.
The park is a 45-minute drive from Arusha town. Arusha is the starting point for northern circuit safari.
So the easiest way to reach is landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport, or you can also fly to Julius Nyerere International Airport near Dar Es Salaam. From there connecting flight can take you to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Chartered flights are also available to access the national parks.
In most cases, your tour operator will pick you from the airport and takes care of your further trips.
Arusha National Park offers an array of activities to enjoy. Some of the most famous activities are:
There are several safari lodges, camps and hotels located in the areas offering a good wilderness experience and in the foothills of Mount Meru with a superb view of Kilimanjaro. The luxurious accommodation hosts the authentic wilderness experience, personal services, pampering home-like comfort with excellent cuisines.
Placed in a beautiful and tranquil surrounding, the accommodations offer the following things to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable.
Arusha National park is just a few kilometres northeast of Arusha that takes 45 minutes to reach. The main gate of the park is 25 km east of the city.
The park is also located 58 km from Moshi and 35 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).
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