Size: 542 square kilometres.
Location: North-east of Arusha.
Known for: Perfect for a day trip from Arusha, and a great place to mix a traditional game drive with a walking or canoeing component.
Bird Species: 400+
High season: July - March
Best Time: Year round. For climbing Mt. Meru, the best time is June-February. For views of Kilimanjaro, the best time is December-February.
To Do: Game drive, canoeing, walking safari, Mt. Meru climb, and picnic sites.
Migratory Birds: Nov - Apr.
Altitude: 1,280-4,217m / 4,199-13,835ft
The forest in Arusha National Park is home to species which are not often common or encountered in other northern circuit national parks, this includes blue monkey and black-and-white colobus. If you are lucky, you might also see a shy red duiker. The most common animals in the area are smaller kirks didk-dik, Giraffes gather around the momela lake.
Arusha National Park differs from other national parks in northern circuit. This park doesn’t offer abundantly of wildlife compared to the rest of other northern circuit parks.
Among the Big five, buffalos are only regularly seen, while lion and rhino are absent. Arusha National Park has the scenic beauty and inhabit unusual animals such as black-and-white colobus monkeys which are the flagship species.
Arusha National Park should never be left on every bird lover’s itinerary. This Park is eye-catching and impressive playground for bird lovers. With an estimated 400 species available compared to it’s geographical size, this is must-go Park for birdwatchers.
Momella Lake plays major role to this Park’s reputation, which provide habitat to the waterbirds such as: 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. Migratory birds are common from November to April.
This park is accessible throughout the year, but June to October, which is the dry season, is an ideal time for wildlife viewing, during this time its easy to spot wildlife due to less vegetation around the area and animals gather around water source.
Fly direct to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), which is situated about 46km from Arusha, alternatively, you can fly to Julius Nyerere International Airport and get a connecting domestic flight to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).
From Arusha town to Arusha National Park main gate its 45-minute drive.
Night Game Drive
Canoeing the momela lake
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