Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park

Location: Arusha Region Map

Area: 137 km²


Description of Arusha National Park


Arusha National Park is situated near Arusha region in North eastern Tanzania. Arusha National Park covers an area of 137 km². Arusha National Park is a protected biosphere reserve situated between mountains of Kilimanjaro and Meru, just 25 kilometers East of the regional center of Arusha. City of Moshi is the largest settlement close to the Arusha National Park, while Kilimanjaro International Airport is a popular hub for international visitors.


Arusha National Park was founded in 1960 and included Ngurdoto Crater and lake Momella and originally it was called Ngurdoto Crater National Park. In 1967 after it was increased in size and added area around volcano Meru, it was renamed to Arusha National Park. This nature reserve can roughly be divided into three main zones: Mount Meru, Momella lakes and Ngurdoto Crater. Mount Meru reaches an elevation of 4565 meters. It is the fifth highest peak in Africa and second in Tanzania. Momella Lakes are a group of shallow alkaline lakes fed by underground springs. Ngurdoto Crater is strictly protected by the authorities and no visitors are allowed within its boundaries. You can observe animals in the crater from several viewing platforms at the crater's edge, but no humans are allowed inside.