Arusha National Park



Arusha National Park

The closest national park to the town of Arusha – Northern Tanzania’s safari capital – Arusha National Park is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked on an African safari, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats just a short distance from the starting place of most Tanzanian safaris.


The entrance gate to this 212 sq mile park leads into shadowy montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colorful turacos and trogons; this is also the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog. Further north, rolling grassy hills enclose the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes, each one a different hue of green or blue. Arusha National Park Their shallows sometimes tinged pink with thousands of flamingos, the lakes support a rich selection of resident and migrant waterfowl, and shaggy waterbucks display their large lyre-shaped horns on the watery fringes. Giraffes glide across the grassy hills, between grazing zebra herds, while pairs of wide-eyed dik-dik dart into scrubby bush like overgrown hares on spindly legs.


Although elephants are uncommon in Arusha National Park, and lions absent altogether, leopards and spotted hyenas may be seen slinking around in the early morning and late afternoon. It is also at dusk and dawn that the veil of cloud on the eastern horizon is most likely to clear, revealing the majestic snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, just 30 miles in the distant. However, it is Kilimanjaro’s unassuming cousin, Mount Meru - a prominent volcano rating fifth highest in Africa at 14,990 feet – that dominates the park’s horizon. Its peaks and eastern footslopes protected within the national park, Meru offers unparalleled views of its famous neighbor, while also forming a rewarding hiking destination in its own right.

Arusha National Park

Passing first through wooded savannah where buffalos and giraffes are frequently encountered, the ascent of Meru leads into forests aflame with red-hot pokers dripping with Spanish moss, before reaching high open heath spiked with giant lobelias. Everlasting flowers cling to the alpine desert, as klipspringers mark the hike’s progress. A quick day trip to enjoy the wildlife and beautiful scenery of Arusha National Park is a great way to step out of the bustling city rather the beginning or end of your Tanzania safari adventure.






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Arusha National Park Accommodations



Arumeru River Lodge

Arumeru River Lodge
Arumeru River Lodge, set amongst 12 acres of tropical gardens and natural landscape, was built on the site of an old coffee farm just outside of Arusha. The well appointed rooms are scattered through out the gardens with private verandas from which to take in the amazing botanical specimens and watch the guinea fowl and small antelope scattered about.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge
Lying on the gentling rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. The Arusha Coffee Lodge Plantation Rooms are nestled amongst the Burka Estate coffee bushes, each possessing a welcoming open log-fire, and all adorned by comfortable and homely furnishings.

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