Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park lies just 20km from Northern Tanzania's safari 'capital' of Arusha. It boasts the 4,566m volcanic peak of Mount Meru and an impressively diverse range of habitats for wildlife and birdlife viewing. Despite this, the Arusha National Park is little visited - almost certainly due to the proximity of the Park between two of Africa's most iconic sites: Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti Plains. This lack of visitors can be a bonus for visitors.

Please click on links to the three main areas of interest within the Arusha National Park:

Momela Lakes

Momela Lakes provide excellent birdwatching with Greater and Lesser Flamingos often taking up residence here in their thousands. Pelicans, Sacred Ibises, Yellow Billed Storks, Egyptian Geese are regularly spotted. The lakes are also great for Colobus and Blue Monkeys... more

Mount Meru

Mount Meru is the second highest peak in Tanzania at 4,566m. Until 250,000 years ago this volcano was taller than Kilimanjaro. A Meru hike takes you from savannah and glades well known for their giraffe, waterbuck and buffalo populations, through dense rainforest... more

Ngurdoto Crater & Serengeti Ndogo

Ngurdoto Crater is a 3km wide forest rimmed crater which contains a small population of highly endangered rhinos 400m below on its swampy plain below. Olive Baboons, Colobus Monkeys and Blue Monkeys are occur in good numbers here, along with elephants and buffalo... more

  • Kayaking & Birdwatching in Tanzania Momela Lakes of the Arusha National Park
  • Elephants in Tanzania - Ralph Pannell
  • Ngurdoto Crater, Arusha National Park
  • Hippo in Tanzania - Ralph Pannell

Tanzania Safari Guide: National Parks & Game Reserves


  • Colobus Monkeys in Arusha National Park
  • Giraffe in Arusha National Park


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