The Arusha National Park is popularly known for day trips. It is one of the smallest and most beautiful National Park in Tanzania which has an area of 137sq. km situated 38 km away from north east of Arusha Town Centre and is described as “a game amongst parks”. The park consists of four distinctive features that includes the Mount Meru which is 4575m above the sea level, the Ngurdoto Crater, the Momela Lakes and the Highland Montane Forest,
The dry season between July to November and the short rain season between December to March are the best seasons to visit the park. More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park including Eurasian migrants, which can be seen between October and April every year. The most common animals found in this park are the Abyssinian black and white colobus monkeys, the Velvet monkeys, the red forest duikers, hippos, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, bush bucks, varied snakes and sometimes the leopard.
On clear days magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen from almost any part of the park. The vegetation and wildlife vary with the topography which ranges from forest to swamp.