Arusha National Park is one of the smaller but yet most beautiful National Parks in Tanzania. It is located about 20 miles (37 km) outside of Arusha and is often time one of the most overlooked parks despite offering the opportunity to explore the charming diversity of habitats within a few hours.
The rugged Mount Meru, a prominent volcano and the second highest peak in Tanzania at 14,980 ft (4,566 m). The Ngurdoto Crater in the grasslands, the shallow Momella Lakes with varying algal colors and are known for wading birds, along with the highland montane forest make up the four defining features of the park. Mount Kilimanjaro towering to the east at 19,341 ft (5,985 m) can also be seen on clear days from many locations within the park.
Although elephants are uncommon in Arusha National Park and the lion are absent all together, keep your eyes open for the most common animals that can be found in the park which are the Abyssinian black and white colobus monkey, vervet monkeys, red forest duikers, hippo, giraffes, buffalo and sometimes if you are lucky you may spot the leopard. More than 400 species of birds have also been recorded in the park.