Arusha is a large, sprawling city which offers a nice break from the rigours of life on the African road, it has excellent place to stay and eat, and it is lush green and enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year. It has Tanzania’s smallest National park but the most beautiful and topographically varied northern circuit park. Arusha National park is dominated by Mount Meru, an almost perfect cone with a spectacular crater and Ngurdoto Crater with its swamp filled floor. Wildlife is present, but for most of the part it is a sideshow to the scenery.
Arusha National park offer wildlife drives, it has small patch of open grassland that always has zebras and other plain animals. The parks altitude, which varies from 1400m to more than 4500m, has a variety of vegetation zones but most of the park is forested and the dense vegetation reduces visibility. Animal life is also far less abundant than in other northern Tanzania parks.You can be able to sight zebras, giraffes, waterbucks, bushbucks, buffaloes, hippos and dik-diks. There are also elephants, leopards and red duikers. There are no Lions and Rhinos due to poaching.