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.