Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is an easily accessible park that offers unique experiences for guests wanting to get closer to nature.
While leaving your game drive vehicle outside of campsites and lodges may be forbidden in most national parks in Tanzania, Arusha National Park offers guided walks with an armed ranger. Experiencing the African montane forest with its plethora of game and bird-life on foot is an unmatched experience.
A perfect spot for a walking safari
The first time you spot the rusty brown of the bushbuck standing in the grass mere meters from the path you are walking is a truly magic moment. You may also encounter a herd of buffalo grazing as little as 20-30 meters away. While these magnificent animals rightfully inspire awe with their sheer size: they can, after all, weigh as much as a ton. Such encounters are totally safe in the company of one of the experienced rangers of Arusha National Park. Giraffe, elephant, antelopes, and even the secretive leopard can be spotted in the mountain woods of the Arusha Park leaving you with memories that will surely be cherished for the rest of your life.
Visitors may choose the duration of the walk, and the difficulty of the route. Walks begin in across a plain, where visitors may see herds of zebra or distant cape buffalo. The walk continues toward the forest at the foot of Mount Meru, where there is a good chance of spotting giraffe munching on acacia trees. The walk ends with Ulyulyusya waterfall, a magnificent cascade coming directly from the Mountain.
Interesting Facts about Arusha National Park
While it is one of the smaller parks, Arusha National Park offers many attractions: Arusha Waterfall and Ngurdoto Crater. While the latter is only three kilometers across, it is so reminiscent of Ngorongoro Crater that the locals call it Ngorongoro’s younger brother. The Momella Lakes are a unique attraction that allows for canoeing: a great way to get closer to the pink flamingoes that feed in the shallows.
Arusha National Park is also home to the majestic Mount Meru. Standing at 4566 meters, this dormant volcano is the fifth-highest point in all of Africa. It is a popular destination for those who enjoy the challenge of climbing, or preparation for climbing nearby Mount Kilimanjaro.