Arusha National Park is one of the smallest national parks of Tanzania, but no less impressive than its larger cousins. The park is very diverse and in terms of spectacular scenery it can be divided into three different areas. The west of the park is rugged and mountainous, with the Meri mountain and crater while the areas of the southeast near Ngurdoto crater consist mainly of grassland.
Activities in the Park
Arusha National Park is one of the few parks in Tanzania where you can take a walking safari. Accompanied by an armed ranger, you will take a leisurely stroll to find animals such as buffalo, giraffe, elephant, antelope, baboon and various bird species. After a half-hour walk, you reach the waterfall which makes for a refreshing shower!
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Canoeing is an active way to come close to the African wildlife. Accompanied by an experienced guide you will paddle along the shores of the lakes where waterbuck and buffalo come to drink. In clear weather you can see both Mount Meru and the snowy peak of Mount Kilimanjaro from your canoe.
The above activities are almost always combined with a game drive. Travel along the various Momella lakes surrounded by woodland before finally reaching the Ngurdoto crater. Like the famous Ngorongoro crater, this is a caldera (collapsed volcanic cone) and although smaller, it also offers beautiful views!
Flamingos in Arusha
Arusha National Park is considered one of the best places to see our pink feathered friends. The shallow alkaline lakes of Momella in the northeast of the park drastically change colour in the breeding season with the arrival of huge flocks of greater and lesser flamingo. Many other migrating bird species can also be seen between May and October.