Arusha National Park has three main areas, each one offering its special kind of nature. The Ngurdoto Crater is the remains of a now extinct volcano, and has crater sides covered in dense forest. The Momela Lakes are a mix of soda lakes and freshwater lakes, set in mainly open bushland. Finally, Mount Meru, the sixth highest mountain (4,566 m/14,980 ft) in Africa, covers the western half of the park, and offers a nature changing with altitude, from mountain forest to montane desert. A number of observation points and picnic sites are found throughout the 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.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Best time to go: June to September (Animals are easier to spot)
High Season: Most of the year – July to March (Park never gets too crowded)
Low Season: April and May
Best Weather: June to October (Little rainfall)
Worst Weather: March and April (Peak of wet season)
ACTIVITY AVAILABLE AT:
Mountain Climbing (Mount Meru)