Arusha National Park covers Mount Meru with an elevation of 4566 meters in the Arusha region of northeast Tanzania. Although smaller than most parks in Tanzania, Arusha has a range of habitats that consist of the forest of Mount Meru, Ngurdoto Crater in the southeast section of the park, and Momela Lakes, a series of seven crater lakes. Black and white Colobus monkeys are easily spotted in the forested area while the wet floor of the crater is dotted with herds of buffalo, zebra, and warthog. Momela Lakes is home to a large selection of resident and migrant waterbirds. People come here to see wildlife and also to climb Mount Meru.
Mount Meru is one of the most beautiful volcanoes in Africa and the second highest mountain in Tanzania. The summit is reached by a narrow ridge, which provides stunning views of the volcanic cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater. The ascent is steep, but the route passes through parkland, forest, a giant heather zone, and moorland.
Things to Do
Guided walks in the Momela Fares-
This activity will walk you through the Momela Fares, where you will get to see the Tulusia water standing at 28 meters high. You will also encounter animals like buffalo, water backs, baboons, monkeys, and curious warthogs all at a safe distance. This activity typically takes about 2-3 hrs.
For those who are keen to be outdoors, the scenic canoe safari on the small Momela Lake will enable you to see bush backs, buffalo, giraffes, hippos, and many water birds living close to the water. Depending on the number of guests who book this activity you may have the canoe guide with you, or he may be guiding from another canoe. This activity typically takes 2 to 2.5 hours and departs in the morning at around 9:30 am and finish approximately by 14:00 pm.
- Legendary House
- River tree Country Inn
- Ilboru Safari Lodge
- Katambuga House
- Arusha Coffee Lodge.