Arusha National Park lies on the eastern edge of the Great
Rift Valley, which is the part of the fault in the earth's crust which
stretches 8000 kms from Turkey to the mouth of the Zambezi River
The Rift Valley was formed 20 million years ago and amidst
this terrestial turmoil a small subsidiary vent opened at the eastern
foot of the present Mt.Meru and Ngurdoto was born.
ACCESSIBILITY Arusha National Park is reached from Arusha
along the Moshi road and lies 21 kms from Arusha and 58 kms from Moshi.
An all weather road leads from the main road to the Park and is clearly
signposted to the Park and Ngare Nanyuki.
FEESInformation on the current fees for entry to the
National Parks can be obtained from tours operators or the National Park
Headquarters, P.O.BOX 3134,Arusha.Prices are subject to change.
Momela Game Lodge is situated outside the Park near Momela
Gate, with views overlooking the Mt. Meru and Mt.Kilimanjaro. The Lodge
can accommodate 40 people.
There is a spacious self-help rest house in the Park which
can accommodate up to five people. It is situated near the Momela Gate
and overlooks the Park. Booking is recommended and can be made and can
be made through the Warden, Arusha National Park,P.O.BOX 3134, Arusha.
There are four
Campsites in the Park and one is proposed at Lake Kusare. All campsites
have water and toilet facilities and fuel wood is provided. One campsite
is situated in the forest near Ngurdoto Gate and the others at the foot
of Tululusia Hill. Please always be careful with your campfire and
There is a Hostel at Kusare for use by visiting groups
which, when equipped , will accommodate 78 people. It has toilet and
kitchen facilities. Bookings should be made as for rest house.
There are two Huts in the Park for use by mountain
climbers. Miriakamba (First) Hut can accommodate 48 people and Saddle
(Second) Hut can accommodate 24 people. Fuelwood is provided.
GARAGE FACILITIESThere Garage facilities at the Park
Headquarters. No petrol is sold in the Park.
MEDICAL FACILITIES There is a hospital in Arusha town.
The NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA is a huge area containing active
volcanoes, mountains, archeological sites, rolling plains, forests,
lakes, dunes and of course NGORONGORO CRATER and OLDUVAI GORGE. The
views at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater are sensational. On the Crater
floor, grasslandblends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and
mountains - all are heaven for wildlife including the densest predator
population in Africa. The crater is home to up 25000 large mammals,
mainly grazers - gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest, and warthog.
You will not find giraffe as there is not much to eat at
tree level, or tiopi, because the competition with wildbeestis too
fierce, nor will you find impala. The crater elephants are strangely,
There a small number of black rhino here too. The birdlife
is largely seasonal and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh
water in LAKE MAGADI on the CRATER floor. The ruins of a terraced stone
city and complex irrigation system lie on the eastern side of Empakaki -
the Engaruka ruins. Their origin are mystery as there is no tradition of
stone building in this part of Africa.