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Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park   Arusha National Park was Ngurdoto Crater Highland National Park until 1967. It is located near the town of Arusha between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. The park and town derive their name from the Wa-Arusha people who traditionally live in this area.

Although a rather small park, the Arusha National Park features a variety of landscapes from miniature volcano craters to mountain rain forests. A number of beautiful crater lakes can be seen with an abundance of hippos enjoying the cool clear mountain water coming from the slopes of Mount Meru. The Ngurdoto Crater, Momella Lakes, highland montane forest, and the rugged Mount Meru (4,565 m/14,977 ft) are the park's four distinctive features.

The park has a wealth of wildlife including Colobus Monkeys, velvet monkeys, bushbucks, buffalos, red forest duikers, hippos, elephants, and giraffes. Birdlife, especially waterfowl, is abundant and interesting. You can conveniently visit Arusha National Park as a day trip from our Springlands Hotel Moshi.

Ngurdoto Crater
Highland forest
Crater rim forest Baboons
Size: 137 km²/53 mi²
Location: 25 km/16 mi northeast of Arusha in northern Tanzania
Main Attractions:
  • Ngurdoto Crater (little Ngorongoro)
  • Momella Lakes
  • black and white Colobus Monkey
  • Mount Meru (4,565 m/14,977 ft) and the Meru Crater
When to visit the park: July - October (Game-viewing season),
June - February (Climb Mount Meru)
Climate: Dry in the cooler months with low humidity. Daytime maximum temperatures reach 32° C. Rainfall: 600 mm per annum
Altitude: 1,500 m/4,921 ft above sea level
 

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