Friday, 26 August 2016

5 reasons to visit Arusha National Park

The 552km² Arusha National Park is located in northern Tanzania and is often overlooked by many safari goers, despite boasting a variety of fascinating habitats. Although lions don’t call this park home, Arusha still offers visitors the chance to spot the most elusive member of the Big Five – the leopard – in the early morning and late afternoon.
Arusha is also home to a large population of flamingos, which often tinge the Momella Lakes a beautiful shade of pink, but here are five other reasons why Elyon Tours thinks you should add this Tanzanian park to your Africa bucket list.
1. It’s home to unique primates
A game drive in this national park will give visitors the chance to spot the blue monkeys that live in the thick montane forest. Due to its vegetation, this is also the only place in Tanzania’s northern safari circuit where the black and white colobus monkey can be seen!
2. Climb the second highest peak in Tanzania
Mount Meru is the second highest peak in the country and the fifth highest in Africa, standing at an altitude of 4,566 metres above sea level. Hikers who climb Mount Meru will be rewarded with unparalleled views of its famous neighbour, Mount Kilimanjaro, which are considered to be best between December and February. Although arguably an achievement in its own right, a climb up Mount Meru is also a great way to acclimatise before taking on Kili.
3. Spot a snow white baboon
If you’re really lucky, you may even spot an albino baboon at one of the water sources.
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4. It’s easily accessible
The park lies just a 40-minute drive from Arusha town and only approximately 60km from Kilimanjaro International Airport, which makes it the perfect place to start a safari tour in northern Tanzania or relax after a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.
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5. It has a crater!
Arusha National Park is known for the 2.4kilometre wide Ngurdoto Crater, which stands in the midst of the montane forest. The crater’s rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor, which is dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog. While standing at the lookout point using a pair of binoculars, it should be easy to spot marsh birds and various herbivores grazing on the crater floor.
ngurdoto-crater ngurdoto-crater-viewpoint So don’t hesitate to include a trip to Arusha National Park on your itinerary the next time you visit Tanzania!