This 53 mi² (137 km²) park is highly underrated and easily accessed via Arusha, northern Tanzania’s safari capital. Though one of several national parks/reserves
comprising the “Northern Circuit,” Arusha National Park is distinguished by its predominantly forest-inhabiting animal populations.However, it’s not
exclusively a forested landscape. In fact, the park is an ecological kaleidoscope, composed of highland rainforest, acacia woodlands, crater lakes,
and open grassland. Blue Monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, bushbuck are prevalent in the highland rainforest, while red duikers are occasionally
seen. Burchell’s Zebra and other big game inhabit the open grasslands.
The park is also very photogenic: both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru may feature as a backdrop for any number of your photographs. Mt. Kilimanjaro is best
seen in the early morning, as cloud coverage tends to obscure the view thereafter. Mt. Kenya is located within the park. Summiting require rock climbing
experience and armed guards. Alternatively, there are a litany of hiking trails leading to rivers and waterfalls.