Size- 137 sq. Km
Location: Northern Tanzania, northeast of Arusha town
Attractions the park holds are
The Ngurdoto Crater
Well-Known as mini Ngorongoro Crater, The Ngurdoto Crater is a dormant volcanic crater located in Arusha National Park. The park is 3.6 Km in diameter and 100 meters in depth. It is surrounded by forests but diverse ecosystem. The magnificent scenery enhances the beauty of the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater.
The collections of beauty of seven lakes contribute the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lake. The seven lakes are big Momela, small Momela, El Kekhotoito, Kusare, Rishateni, Lekandiro and Tulusia. All the seven lakes are fed by different water sources.
All the seven lakes are different in colour algae and mineral content according to the presence of algae and mineral content. The lakes are hubs of 400 bird species that inhabit Arusha.
Mount Meru draws the main tourist attraction of Arusha National Park is. With a height of 4,566 meters, it is the fifth-highest mountain in Africa and second-highest in Tanzania. It is visible from every part of the park.
It is often used as a trekking destination by tourists before climbing Kilimanjaro to gain experience and get properly acclimatized. With the low altitude and mesmerizing all-round views from the top, the climb is often rewarding for most trekkers.
Arusha holds a diverse range of wildlife like black and white colobus monkeys, the Vervet monkeys, the red forest duikers, hippos, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, bushbucks. Leopards are rare. Hosting to more than 400 numbers of bird species it is a grand choice for the bird lovers.
Arusha possesses unique attractions where you would have the opportunity to combine game drives and a nature walk with the adventure of a lifetime.
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Throughout the year is good for wildlife viewing in Arusha National Park. But the dry season (late June to October) is normally considered the best. The vegetation becomes thin and it becomes easy to spot animals as they gather at water sources. The wet season (November to May) offers the most impressive scenic view. The clear skies of December to February give the best view of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro.
Blue monkey and black-and-white colobus, shy red duiker, dik-dik. Giraffe, buffalo, charismatic black-and-white colobus monkey is the flagship species.
Water birds like flamingo, pelican, little grebe, a variety of heron, duck and wader are common. Augur buzzard, Verreaux’s eagle and other cliff-associated raptors can often be seen flying above Ngurdoto Crater. Over 400 species of birds make the view of the park more appealing.
Arusha National Park Fees-$53.10/adult and $17.70/child
The price mentioned is based on current park entry fees including camping fees, concession fees and government regulated VAT. If these government regulated fees will go up, the total cost of the itinerary will go up accordingly.
All fees are per person valid for 24 hour.
Like other national parks, travelling to Lake Arusha National Park is also safe. Although some health concerns are necessary to follow, like mosquito repellent with at least 30% DEET, antimalaria medication and covering the skin during the evening time.
Most importantly you need to follow the instructions of your guide in your whole trip.
Our guides, our accommodations and our tour not only lived up to our expectations, they exceeded them. We were a group of six. We were met at the Nairobi airport by Mark, who drove us to our hotel (Eka). In the brief time we had with him, we thought Mark was great. Read More...
Everything was very well arranged. Except for our first gate entry which took more than 1 hour everything else was perfectly planned and done. Excellent professional and polite service through out our stay. Read More...
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