Arusha National Park

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About Arusha National Park

Though very accessible, Arusha NP isn't on many safari itineraries. This is mainly because it doesn't offer a chance of seeing the Big 5. The park is at the base of Mount Meru, which is good for climbing. It has a range of habitats including forest – home to the black-and-white colobus monkey – and is excellent for birding.

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Pros and Cons
  • Very scenic with different habitats, including forest
  • Views of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Excellent birding with about 400 species, including forest birds
  • Close to Arusha and accessible for a day trip
  • Canoeing safari is offered
  • Off-the-beaten track and not crowded
  • Most of the major safari animals aren't present or aren't easily seen


Wildlife viewing in Arusha NP is more low-key than in the other parks in northern Tanzania. Animals that are easily seen include buffalo, giraffe and several antelope species. More exciting is the black-and-white colobus monkey that lives in the forest, and the large number of bird species. Several lakes often host flocks of flamingo.
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The park's appeal is mainly its scenery. The habitat diversity spans from montane (mountain) rainforest to moist savannah to alpine moorland. The most prominent landmark is Mount Meru. Other highlights are a massive extinct volcano and several scenic lakes, with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background on a clear day.

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By Xhaka from South AfricaZA
 21 Jul 2017Reviewed:

Too beautiful

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