Arusha National Park is one of the smaller and closest national park to Arusha Town. Situated only 37 km from Arusha town, An easy 40-minute drive from Arusha. The Ngurdoto Crater, Momela Lakes, the highland montane forest, and the rugged Mount Meru (4575 m above sea level) are the four distinctive features of the park. The entrance gate leads in to shadowy montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colourful turacos and tragons the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black and white colobus monkey is easly seen. One of the unique attractions of the park is the opportunity to combine game drives and a nature walk in the many places where visitors can leave their safari vehicles and walk in the fresh air.
The most common animals found in this park are the Abyssinian black and white colobus monkeys, the vervet monkeys, the red forest duikers, hippos, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, bushbucks and sometimes the leopard. More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park including Eurasian migrants, which can be seen between October and April. Mount Meru 4575 m can be scaled in three to four days, with overnight accommodation in alpine huts on your way up and down.