Arusha National Park Tanzania
Arusha National Park is a small but very nice park to visit. Arusha National Park is popularly known for being the home of the fourth highest mountain in East Africa (Mt. Meru), a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4566m. Arusha National Park is Tanzania’s most accessible park because it is conveniently located and also the best place for walking and canoeing safaris.
Arusha National Park doesn’t have large predators but hosts Africa’s largest giraffe population, a variety of primates and a number of large herbivores. This little jewel of Tanzania is host to Mount Meru (4566m) which is a popular option for mountaineers who do not want to hike the high Kilimanjaro Mountain.
Less visited than the popular Tanzania safari destinations, Arusha Park has a beautiful landscape with an incredible variety of flora and fauna. The vegetation of the park is formed as a blend from the swamp, grassland, tropical and montane forest.
Arusha National Park is found in the northern part of Tanzania. The park is small but varied with spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas. In the west the Meru crater funnels the Jekulumia River; the peak of Mount Meru lies on its rim. Ngurdoto crater in the south east is grassland. The shallow alkaline momella lakes in the north east have varying algal colours and are known for their wading birds.
Arusha National Park is often overlooked by many visitors, worried they will not see that much wildlife. However Arusha National Park has such a lot to offer and dazzles with a perfect mix of flora and fauna and diversified landscapes
On your trip to Arusha Park expect to see green gems with breathtaking views. Despite being small, Arusha park is endowed with flora and fauna, the park has ancient fig trees with crystal clear water in flowing mountain streams.
Arusha National Park Wildlife: Arusha Park has a rich variety of wildlife, although visitors shouldn’t expect the same game viewing experience they find in other national parks in the country most especially in the northern circuit.
Arusha park is more pronounced because of the chance to see black and white colobus monkeys, the game park however has plenty of wildlife and the common ones include zebras, warthogs, the blue monkey, flamingos, elephants, bushbuck, and many more African animals. Leopards are also present in the national park but rarely seen.
Arusha Park has a beautiful landscape such as open woodland and grasslands, dense tropical rainforest with a great view of the canopy layers. The famous beautiful Ngurdoto crater in the southeast of the park with a diameter of about 3.5km is one place you would love to be and many have described it as a kind of small Ngorongoro. The fact being that the park has got less predators, walking safaris are permitted.
With the proximity of the park to the Arusha safari capital it is suitable for day tours and the 1 Day Safari Arusha National Park is a popular itinerary.
1 day safari to Arusha Park is one of the short day tours in Tanzania just about 52 km from Arusha town. It is just about 1h 3 min drive from Arusha to the park.
This 1 day safari to Arusha Park starts early in the morning therefore ensure to wake up early, have breakfast at a hotel or place of residence. Board the safari vehicle for a drive to the park talking about 1h 30 min.
On arrival at the park, check in and go for a walking safari in the park alongside a park ranger. The ranger will guide you through the rainforest to the sparkling waterfalls where you can possibly spot the colobus monkeys.
Return from the nature walk and have lunch. After lunch, board the 4×4 safari vehicle for a game drive through the park trails. The game drive helps see a large part of the park including places like the Momella lakes and Ngurduto Crater. Some of the wildlife that can possibly be spotted on the game drive include the buffalo, waterbuck, giraffe, zebra, warthog and gazelle. The leopard and elephant are found in the park but rarely spotted.
Several bird species can also be seen during the nature walk and game drive in Arusha National Park. After the game drive, you will be driven back to Arusha with a drop off at a hotel or place of residence.
Visit Arusha Park on this short day tour or as part of an extended Tanzania tour with Africa Reveal Safaris and have a great yet affordable African holiday.
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