Arusha National Park lies on a 300-kilometre axis of Africa’s most famous national parks, running from Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in the west to Kilimanjaro National Park in the east.
The park is just a few kilometres north east of Arusha, though the main gate is 25 km east of the city. It is also 58 km from Moshi and 35 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).
Arusha National Park offers many beautiful panoramic views, including spectacular views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.
Arusha National Park is small but varied with spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas:
In the west, the Meru Crater funnels the Jekukumia River; the peak of Mount Meru lies on its rim. Mount Meru is the topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park. Its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys and leopards.
Ngurdoto Crater is a volcanic crater that in the south-east . The grassland crater is 3.6 km (2.2 miles) in diameter at its widest points and 100m (109 yards) deep. The crater is surrounded by forest whilst the floor is a swamp.
The shallow alkaline Momella Lakes in the north-east have varying algal colours and are known for their wading birds.
Arusha National Park has a rich variety of wildlife. Despite the small size of the park, common animals include giraffe, buffalo, zebra, warthog, the black-and-white colobus monkey, the blue monkey, flamingos and more. Waterfowl are abundant here as well.
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