Immortalised in the words of Sir Julian Huxley as “a gem amongst parks” Arusha National Park in Tanzania’s northern circuit is a year-round safari attraction- with each season bringing forth a unique facet and perspective. What it lacks in size compared to other iconic parks, Arusha NP makes up with its spectacular diversity bustling with game.
Accessible and richly endowed
The park is easily accessible and can be explored in a single day. It is located in close proximity to Arusha, Moshi, and Kilimanjaro international airport and is just a few minutes’ drive from the town centre. The topography is exquisite in its diversity and the beauty is further accentuated by panoramic vistas which encompass the Momela Lake, Mt. Meru and Ngurdoto Crater. The 137 square kilometers (52.9 square miles), Park derives her name from the Warusha people who traditionally lived in the area.
Set under the foothills of Mt. Meru, Tanzania’s second highest mountain, the park offers a view of the majestic snow-capped Kilimanjaro at a distance. Home to the largest giraffe population in the world, the park is rich in wildlife diversity and is a birding paradise. Going in, get ready to be floored by the mysterious montane rain forest, home to the white and black Colobus monkeys. The swamps of the Ngurdoto Crater are the abode of warthogs and expansive open savannah of Serengeti Ndogu (Little Serengeti) is where the zebras and giraffes feed. The tranquil alkaline green or blue hued seven lakes forming the Momela Lake attract nearly 400 species of birds including flamingos, ibis, heron, egrets, colourful turacos, and trogons etc. Other games include dik-dik, klipspringers, occasional lion or leopard and spotted hyena.
Activities to do
The park is ideal for the game drive and equally pleasant when it comes to the good old walking safari. Canoeing in the Momela lakes also brings a fresh perspective of the unique biosphere system.
For that guided tour into the picturesque Arusha National Park, contact lifetime safari.