Spans 552 square kilometres
Over 400 bird species
Great place to see Black and White Colobus Monkeys
Little Serengeti &
A short drive from Arusha town, Arusha National Park is the smallest of the parks in the northern circuit but not to be underrated. A wide variety of wildlife can be seen in the park in just a day.
The park is situated at the base of Mount Meru, an active volcano, and Tanzania’s second largest mountain after Kilimanjaro. The landscape of the park is influenced by its volcanic past and can be divided into three distinct areas: the Ngurdoto forest, where Black and White Colobus monkeys are found in the treetops; the swampy Ngurdoto crater (sometimes called little Ngorongoro), where you may spot water bucks and some of the 400 bird species recorded here; and the Momella lakes, 7 lakes famous for their variety of striking blue-green colours caused by varying algae and mineral content.
Throughout the park you can spot giraffes, African buffalo, warthogs, monkeys, antelope and flamingo. Zebra are common throughout the year on the grass plains of Serengeti Ndogo (little Serengeti). It is less common to see lions, leopards and elephants here but not totally unheard of.