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Arusha National Park

 
Arusha National Park is located 25km from Arusha town and 35 kilometers from Kilimanjaro International Airport; it is the closest national park to Arusha town.
The park is among the small national parks in Tanzania with 137 square kilometers. Nevertheless, it has diverse topography that can catch your eyes and heart. The notable features are Ngurdoto Crater, Momella Lakes, and Mount Meru, which is among the best places to get a great view of Mount Kilimanjaro rising above the clouds

Arusha National Park has wide range of vegetations, e.g. the slopes of Ngurdoto Crater are covered with rainforest, swamps and lush savannah at the crater floor, while alpine moorland in the slopes of Meru Mountain.

 Birding in Arusha National Park
The vegetation that support more than 300 species of birds, some are migratory and others permanently live in the forests. Birds mostly seen here are waterfowls, huge flocks of Flamingos can also be seen at Momella Lakes, and if lucky martial eagle African Marsh Harrier, and Taita Falcons

Arusha National Park Wildlife including concentration of the giraffes buffalo, Zebra, Colobus monkey, bushbuck, reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog, Leopards and spotted hyenas. elephant are there, but not commonly seen, no lions in this park. 
 

Activities: You won’t be disappointed to have few days safari in the Arusha National Park.. This park is ideal for  a day tour /game drive, which can be combined with walking excursions; or acclimatization before climbing Kilimanjaro, which can take 2 days to Mariakamba Hut or 4 Days to the top of Mount Meru. Moreover, visitors can combine the game drive with cultural interaction with Maasai tribesmen of Mkuru Village.
Arusha National Park can be visited throughout the year, but best months to climb Meru Mountain are June-February although it may rain in November. Best views of Kilimanjaro December-February.
 

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