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Arusha National Park is one of a smallest park in Tanzania located at a foot of Mount Meru the second highest peack in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro. It was established in 1900 by the German colonialists as a garrison, and became the Headquarter of the former East African Community in 1967-1977.Its prominence has very much increased in recent years by becoming again the headquarter of the revived E.A.C and the base of the United National International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN-ICTR).
The Ngurdoto Crater, Momela Lakes, the highland montane forest, and the rugged Mount Meru (4575 m above sea level) are the four distinctive features of the park. Mt. Kilimanjaro, towering at 5895 m to the east, can be visible on clear days from many locations in the park. One of the unique attractions of the park is the opportunity to combine game drives and a nature walk in the many places where visitors can leave their safari vehicles and walk in the fresh air.
Vegetation and habitats at Arusha National Park
In the northeast, rolling grassy hills enclose the tranquil Momela Lakes, each one a different hue of green or blue.
Surrounded by the most accessible montane forest in northern Tanzania, the sheer cliffs of the 400m deep, 3km wide Ngurdoto Crater enclose a marshy green floor dotted with wildlife.
Accessible to hikers only, the slopes of Mount Meru rise through shadowy forest and open grassland scattered with red-hot pokers to an otherworldly Afro-alpine moorland of pastel hued heaths studded with bizarre giant lobelias.
Activities at Arusha Park
The limited road circuit can easily be covered in a half-day game drive, taking in Ngurdoto Crater and the Momela Lakes. This will be adequate for most visitors, but birdwatchers may want to repeat the circuit.
Guided walks in the forest and around lake provide a rare opportunity to see big game on foot.
A three- to four-day ascent of Mount Meru, best undertaken between June and February, is worth doing in its own right, but also serves as good acclimatization for Kilimanjaro.
The most common animals found in this park are the Abyssinian black and white Columbus monkeys, the Vervet monkeys, the red forest duikers, hippos, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, bushbucks and sometimes the leopard. More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park including Eurasian migrants, which can be seen between October and April. Mount Meru 4575 m can be scaled in three to four days, with overnight accommodation in alpine huts on your way up and down.
Where to stay at Arusha National Park
Dozens of tourist lodges suitable to all budgets are dotted around Arusha town and along the road connecting the town to the national park. For more extended exploration, the park is serviced by a superb luxury camp, a midrange lodge and a number of campsites.
Getting into Arusha National Park
The main entrance gate, accessible all year through, is an easy 40-minute drive from Arusha, mostly on asphalt.
The park also lies less than an hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport and Moshi.
What Do You Need For Camping Safari
Camping gear: Tent, sleeping bag, extra blankets and jackets (in winter), camp-beds (if you find them more easy than sleeping on sand), axe, shovel, cooker, water bottles, pots, non-breakable dishes and cups, torches, matches, tin-opener, knife, batteries, bulbs for torches (a good supply), candles, gas lamp (gives lots of light), folding tables and chairs, a large cold-box, masking tape, cello tape, safety-pins, sewing kit, penknife, first-aid kit, buckets and basins, Thermos flask, mosquito coil and insect repellent, toilet paper and basic tools.
Arusha Park Budget Camping Safari
Camping Safaris are for those who love the outdoor-world and would like the experience of trekking. Our more popular trekking destinations are: Kilimanjaro, Meru, Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara, Olmoti Crater, Empakaai Crater and Lake Natron… where a variety of flora and fauna and beautiful sceneries as well as different tribes can be visited. These can be incorporated into a regular safari. Giving one a break from the long-hours driving on those ever bumpy roads!! We have no specific programmers for these, we always tailor-make them!!
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