Established in 1960, Arusha National Park is found in the northeastern Arusha region of Tanzania. The park covers an area of 137 sq km and includes Mt. Meru, a distinctive volcano with an elevation of 4566 m. Though it is one of Tanzania’s smallest parks, Arusha is a shining jewel of wildlife and diverse habitats. It features various topographies and wildlife sanctuaries that make it one of the most beautiful and unique places in the world.
Arusha National Park boasts spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas. Meru Crater in the west of the park funnels the Jekukumia River. The southeast consists of the grasslands of the Ngurdoto Crater. The northeast houses the Momella Lakes. These are shallow, alkaline bodies of water that contain algae in various colors and are known for the flocks of wading birds that call the lakes home.
Diverse vegetative regions support several different animal species throughout the park. The entrance leads into shadowy and mysterious montane forest inhabited by curious monkeys and colorful turacos, trogons, and countless other jewel-like birds. The Arusha National Park is the only place where the acrobatic black and white colobus monkey is viewed easily. The topography of the area ranges from forest to swamp to mountainous region. The peak of Mount Meru rises majestically above the lush green forests and dominates the area.