Attractions found in Arusha national park
Attractions found in Arusha national park : Arusha national park is located in the northern part of Tanzania and it is the closest national park from Arusha town.
During safaris to Arusha national park, there are attractions which can be seen around the destination such as Mount Meru, the Momella lakes, Ngurdoto crater as well as a variety of bird and wildlife species.
- Mount Meru
Mount Meru is a dormant strato volcano which is found in Arusha national park. The mountain is at a height of 4566 meters and is the second highest mountain in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest free standing mountain in Africa.
Hiking on Mount Meru is one of the activities carried out during tours around Arusha national park. It takes 4 days to climb Mount Meru and climbing the mountain can take 3 days to hike to the summit.
Wildlife species such as buffalos, black and white colobus monkeys, waterbucks, giraffes, zebras among others can also be seen during a hiking experience on Mount Meru especially on the first day of the hike. The Momella route is used for both ascent and descent when climbing the mountain in Arusha national park.
Climbing Mount Meru during a tour to Tanzania also prepares hikers for an adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro and this increases the success rate of getting to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Rangers, porters, guides and cooks accompany the hikers during their climbing adventure.
When hiking on Mount Meru, the accommodation where the hikers can spend their nights after completing a successful day of climbing the mountain includes the Miriakamba hut and saddle hut.
The mountain also offers beautiful views during hikes on Mount Meru such as views of the volcanic crater. Hiking on Mount Meru in Arusha national park starts and ends at the Momella gate.
The 4 days hike on Mount Meru starts from Momella gate to Miriakamba hut which takes about 4 to 6 hours. The next day hike starts from Miriakamba hut to saddle hut and hiking along this trail takes about 3 to 5 hours. From Saddle hut, the climbers make their way to the summit and return to Miriakamba hut. On the last day of the hike, the hike starts from Miriakamba hut to Momella gate.
The cost for climbing on Mount Meru during a tour to Tanzania is also affordable and this favors travelers on a budget who would like to engage in a hike as they visit Tanzania. A hike on Mount Meru is best done during the dry season in June to October and also in January.
- Momella lakes
Another attraction in Arusha national park is the Momella lakes which are seven in number and include the big Momella Lake and the small Momella lakes, El kekhotoito, Kusare, Rishateni, Lekandiro and also Tulusia.
These lakes are alkaline in nature and lesser and greater flamingos are among the bird species that can be spotted around the destination. Apart from bird watching around the Momella lakes, canoeing can also be done along the Momella lake.
The canoe safari brings you closer to the wildlife species during a safari in Arusha national park and also to enjoy views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. The canoe ride takes about 2 and half hours in the national park.
During the canoe ride along the Momella lake, the tourists are accompanied by a guide and an experienced person who paddles the canoe. This activity in Tanzania is also done on Lake Duluti and Lake Manyara.
Other bird species which can be seen during a tour around Arusha national park include pelicans, African fish eagles, crowned eagles, falcons among others.
- Ngurdoto crater
The Ngurdoto crater is another attraction that can be seen during safaris in Arusha national park. Wildlife species can also be spotted around the crater such as buffalos, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, elephants, antelopes among others.
The crater is extinct and as a result of volcanic activity and is made up of steep walls and also consist of forest and grassland. The Ngurdoto crater is 3.6 kilometers in diameter and 100 meters wide.
Waterfalls can also be seen during safaris to Arusha national park when visiting Tanzania and they include Tululusia waterfalls, Mount Meru waterfall, Napuru waterfalls, Cave waterfall, Maio waterfall and also Napuru waterfall.
Activities done in Arusha national park during safaris include nature walks, hiking, wildlife viewing and also bird watching.
How to get to Arusha national park
From Arusha, the Momella gate in Arusha national park is about 45 minutes to 1 hours’ drive and from Moshi town the drive takes about 3 hours. Arusha national park can be accessed by flying to Kilimanjaro international airport.
Visit Arusha national park and enjoy wildlife viewing and hiking among other activities in Tanzania.