Based at the slopes of Mount Meru, Arusha National Park is a great introductory choice if you have a few nights in Arusha before starting your safari. While smaller in size compared to the others, Arusha national park does have its distinct charms, with varied landscapes that consist of the Meru Crater, Mount Meru, Ngurdoto Crater, as well as the shallow alkaline Momela Lakes, which are often tinged pink with thousands of flamingos.
Though lacking larger predators such as lions and cheetahs, the elusive leopards along with spotted hyenas may be seen during the early morning and evening. This park also boasts of the rare black-and-white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, and colourful turacos and trogons. Other animals that are commonly seen are the African Cape buffalos and giraffes.
There are two main game drive circuits around Momela Lakes and Ngurdoto Crater, so to cover the park in its entirety, along with the walks and canoe activities, we can arrange a full day to explore this park.