Arusha National Park Animals

Arusha National Park animals are one of the reasons as to why this Tanzania national park receives a great number of tourists year after year. Arusha National Park is a unique and an amazing Tanzania national park located in the northern safari circuit of Tanzania, one that is most famous and sought after by many travellers on Tanzania safaris.

Whereas Arusha National Park may not have the very abundant and various wild animals as may be seen in most of the Tanzania national parks say the famous Serengeti National Park, the park still has an abundant and worthwhile wild animal list that shall leave you captivated and amazed.

The Park inhabits a number of rare animal species that are a rare find elsewhere in any of the national parks in Tanzania. These rare Arusha National Park animals include the black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and if lucky travellers can spot red duikers.

Other animals include Kirk’s dik-dik, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, warthogs, African elephants, reedbucks, waterbucks, bushbucks, hippos,

To be able to encounter the above Park animals and so much more, travellers have an array of activities in Arusha National Park that they can do. These Arusha National Park activities include among others;

Walking safaris

Arusha National Park is one of the few Tanzania national parks from where walking safaris are allowed in the park. This is because there are not many predators in the park that travellers can enjoy to freely enjoy walking safaris in the park, though in the guidance of a ranger guide.

Walking safaris give travellers an opportunity to get up close with the wild game in the park say the giraffes, buffaloes, warthogs, among so many others. Walking safaris in Arusha National Park can take up to 3 hours or more, during which time travellers get to encounter not only a number of Arusha National Park animals but also birds, plant life and so much more that Arusha National Park has to offer, including the amazing scenery.

Game drives

Travellers can also get to spot a number of  animals during game drives which take place all throughout the day in the park. Early morning game drives and evening game drives are more rewarding given that the wild game do stay away from the scorching heat in the afternoon. Night game drives have travellers getting an opportunity to spot a number of nocturnal which are a hard spot during the night, say the hyenas.

Canoe safaris

Canoe safaris in Arusha National Park take travellers to the Momella lakes, at the shore of which a number of  animals can be spotted say giraffes, buffaloes, bushbucks, hippos, among so many others. Aquatic birds can also be spotted here.

Buffaloes in Arusha
Buffaloes in Arusha

Best time for viewing Arusha National Park animals

According to experiences by a number of travellers, the dry season is the best time to enjoy viewing animals in their natural habitat. The dry season falls in the months of June through October. The dry season which also doubles as the peak season of travel has travellers easily spotting the wildlife given that the vegetation is scarce and not so over grown, and also the animals gather around the few available water areas to quench their dire thirst.

Apart from the amazing animals, the breath taking scenery and rare animal species are alluring aspects that see a number of travellers visiting the park. The bird life of Arusha National Park has been recorded to have over 400 bird species roaming the park.

Travellers can spot these various and abundant bird species of Arusha National Park with a bird watching safari, in the guidance of a bird guide. Mount Meru is another attraction in Arusha National Park that travellers can encounter while in the park, climbing it to conquer its 4566 meters could be rewarding given that travellers can spot a variety of wildlife including some of Arusha National Park animals like the black and white colobus monkeys along the slopes of the mountain.

The animals are abundant are a reason enough to have a number of travellers to visit especially for those with very limited time to spare while in Arusha, given that the park is just about 25km only from Arusha town.

Travellers can have a typical Tanzania wildlife safari in Arusha National Park viewing a number of animals and so much more that there is in the park. take time to check out any of the Tanzania safari packages to pick out that which best suits you, or get in touch with a reputable tour operator to have put together one of the most amazing Tanzania wildlife safari and get to encounter the various Arusha National Park animals.

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