arusha national park-tanzania
Arusha national park is a beautiful National Park that is often called a "little germ" and indeed it's true. It is reachable within 1-2 hours by road from Arusha town, Arusha national park in Northern Tanzania is a safari center due to the mountains, lakes, valleys, and small plains covered with ever-green vegetation, Arusha national park boost a wonderful feeling of solitude and peace. Arusha national park is dominated by Mount Meru standing 4,566 m above sea levels, Mount Meru is the 5th highest mountain in Africa and second highest Tanzania’s mountain after Mountain Kilimanjaro.
Arusha National Park can be visited all year round, although is it best visited between June to September during the long dry seasons or from December to March. Tanzania’s short rainy period starts from October to November and the heavy rain is received from March to May every year.
Arusha National Park is blessed with endless attractions that range from wildlife species inhabiting the wilderness, beautiful craters and mountain summits.
Serengeti Ndogo means "Little Serengeti", characterized as the open grassland, a place within Arusha national park where various animals in huge numbers residing can easily be seen like buffaloes, waterbucks, warthogs, zebras, and giraffes.
Arusha National Park protects both the acrobatic Black and White Colobus Monkey which contributes to visitors' encounters during their morning and evening game drives at the Park, visitors can easily be spot the black and white colobus monkeys. Other animals at Arusha national park include Buffalos, zebras, Warthogs, waterbucks, bushbucks, and Giraffes.
Arusha national park is home to Tanzania’s second-highest mountain offering a chance to tourists to explore mountainous habitats being surrounded by different animal species and plants species located within its lowland.
Ngurdoto and Meru Craters
Arusha national park protects this pear-shaped Ngurdoto that looks like a miniature of Ngorongoro crater which is comprised of five points for great viewing, mikindu viewing point, a Rock point, a Buffalo viewing point, the glade point, and Leitong viewing point which is the highest point. From the Leitong viewing point is the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
(Lesser and greater flamingos in Momela Lakes)
Arusha national park is home to the famous Momela lakes that protect an important feeding ground for greater flamingos and Lesser. Momela lakes are an important site for bird watching in Tanzania.
Tululusia Hill and waterfall
Tululusia hill is a “lookout point” or a viewpoint that offers an excellent endless view of the lower sectors of Arusha National Park, the magical Kilimanjaro, and Mount Meru.
Tululusia Waterfall is located within the narrow-sided valley that was created as a result of erosion of the soft volcanic soil that formed the steep gorge standing at 28m above sea levels, Tululusia harbors the nesting Red-winged Starlings which offers a greater chance of getting the best photos in this natural environment in Tanzania with spectacular views.
Lake Longil and Momella lakes
Lake Longil is the Arusha National park’s only freshwater lake source, Lake Longil is home to Tilapia fish, Papyrus and Mace reed floating plant as Islands that changes their positions by the use of the wind directions.
Horseback riding at Arusha National park
Horseback riding trails were introduced in order to create a variety of products such as the combined overnight stays in the camps within Arusha National Park, Horseback rides are done on prior request.
Game drives can be done either in the morning or in the evening in order to view animal species such as buffaloes, zebras, waterbucks, bushbucks, black and white colobus monkeys.
Arusha National Park harbors more than 450 bird species which includes the resident birds, migratory birds, and forest birds. These birds can be spotted along the Small Momella lake and Longil Lake.