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Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park- a gem amongst parks is placed in the Northern circuit, en route to the Serengeti and other Wold famous reserves of North West Tanzania.

The national park draws year-round safari attraction each season bringing a new lure. Covering an area of 137 square kilometre (52.9 square miles), the Park derives its name from the Waarusha people who traditionally lived in the area.

The green jewel is easily accessible and can be explored in a single day also. The topography is unique as it dazzles with a perfect mix of flora and fauna and diversified landscapes.

Located under the foothills of Mt. Meru, Tanzania’s second-highest mountain, the park offers a breathtaking view of the majestic snow-capped Kilimanjaro at a distance.

"Arusha National Park: Gate to the Mt. Meru Trail" by *rboed* is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The park boasts the largest giraffe population in the world and is rich in wildlife diversity and is a birding paradise. Also, of interest is Lake Duluti, a pretty forest-fringed crater lake that can be explored by boat or along 5 Km walking trails.

Moving towards the Ngurdoto Crater you will cross a lush rain forest – a great place to spot the black and white colobus monkeys well as the elegant mitis monkey showing funny activities.

The Ngurdoto Crater is a smaller version of the Ngorongoro Crater and has a diameter of about 3 km.

With a bit of luck, you might even spot buffaloes in the swamps on the crater floor.

"Arusha National Park: Ngurdoto Crater" by *rboed* is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Walking safaris here are extremely enjoyable due to less number of predators. The commonly sighted animals are buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes, zebras, dik-dik, klipspringers, occasional lion or leopard and spotted hyena. The park also attracts nearly 400 species of birds including Flamingos, Ibis, Heron, Egrets, colorful turacos and trogons.

"Flamingo, Arusha National Park, Tanzania" by Christoph Strässler is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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