Arusha National Park.
Despite its proximity to the small town that bears its name, Arusha National Park is a small, perfectly formed haven for a wide range of birds, primates and mammals including elephant, buffalo, zebra and Giraffe. A number of endemic species add allure for ornithologists, whilst the acrobatics and flowing finery of the Black and White Colobus bound across the canopy of the semi-montane forest.
About Arusha National Park
Size: 137 sq km (53 sq miles).
Location: Northern Tanzania, northeast of Arusha town.
Getting to Arusha National Park
An easy 40-minute drive from Arusha. Approximately 60 km (35 miles) from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lakes, forest and Ngurdoto Crater can all be visited in the course of a half-day outing at the beginning or end of an extended northern safari.
What to do in Arusha National Park
Forest walks, numerous picnic sites;
three- or four-day Mt Meru climb - good acclimatisation for Kilimanjaro.
When to go to Arusha National Park
To climb Mt Meru, June-February although it may rain in November.
Best views of Kilimanjaro December-February.
Accommodation in Arusha National Park
A lodge, two rest houses, camp sites, two mountain huts inside the park; two lodges at Usa River outside the park and many hotels and hostels in Arusha town.