Arusha National Park

The closest national park to Arusha town – northern Tanzania’s safari capital – Arusha National Park is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safarigoers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a diversity of habitats within a few hours. The park is small but is extremely varied with spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas as well as Mount Meru, a prominent volcano in north eastern Tanzania.

Arusha National Park has a rich variety of wildlife. Common animals include giraffe, buffalo, zebra, warthog, the black-and-white colobus monkey, the blue monkey, flamingos and more. African elephant and leopards are present but rarely seen, and there are no lion in the park. Birdlife in the forest is prolific, however; with many forest species more easily seen here than in other national parks. The Narina Trogon and Bar-tailed Trogon are both possible highlights for visiting birders, while a range of Starling species are also easily observed.

Mount Meru is the second highest peak in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro, which is just 60 km away and forms a backdrop to views from the park to the east. Arusha National Park is one of Africa's most famous national parks since it is just a few kilometers north east of Arusha and only 35 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

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