Arusha National Park is a moderately little park, covering a territory of 137 square kilometers (52.9 square miles), and lies close to the town of Arusha. The town and the Park get their name from the Warusha individuals who customarily lived around there. Anyway the Park additionally covers into regions where the Maasai lived and the greater part of the place names in the Park are of Masai beginning.
There are three noteworthy attractions in the park. First is the Ngurdoto Crater, which is at times called “smaller than expected Ngorongoro.” Secondly, there are the Momella lakes, which are shallow basic lakes which get their water from underground streams. At long last, there is the fantastic Meru Crater. Mount Meru (14,990 feet) is depicted as “a standout amongst the most compensating mountains to move in Africa.” Visitors can ascend the mountain, or arrange strolling safaris. The park additionally gives incredible perspectives of Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru on sunny mornings.
The remaining parts of an expansive well of lava, the Ngurdoto Crater is a lofty sided bowl of lavish marshes and riverine woodland, which is home to elephant, wild ox, warthog, mandrill, reedbuck, Colobus monkeys and duikers. Greeneries, plants, lichens and orchids flourish in the soggy environment of the hole, offering approach to tremendous mahogany, olive and date palm trees on the drier pit dividers. The quiet magnificence of the Momela Lakes conveys to the park a wide assortment of birdlife with more than 380 species including flamingoes, waterfowl, African pochard, ibis, heron, egrets, brilliant turacos and trogons. The rough ridges of Mount Meru sees countless of prey and you might be sufficiently fortunate to spot lammergeyers, a huge, uncommon winged creature of prey, skimming on the up drafts from the cavity. Other amusement incorporates hippo, giraffe, zebra, impala, blue monkey, dik, reedbuck, klipspringers, leopard, and spotted hyena.
Best time to visit
Arusha National Park is open for traveler lasting through the year, However, the best time to visit Arusha for wildlife seeing is amid the Dry season, June to October , as the vegetation is more slender and the animals assemble at unsurprising water sources amid this period. But on the off chance if you want to trek Mount Meru, June-February is the month for you while December-February offers you the best perspective of the snow-topped pinnacles of Mount Kilimanjaro.
How to get there?
Arusha National Park a standout amongst the most effectively open national park in Tanzania because of its nearness to Arusha Town.
Roadways: It is only 45 min carport from the Arusha Town. You can without much of a stretch discover convenience along the street.
Airways: You can take flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam and after that take a local trip to Arusha Airport.
Charter planes to the Arusha National Park are likewise accessible.
You can do a lot of activities at Arusha National Park such as:
- Game drive
- Walking safaris
- Trekking safari
- Cultural village tour