Arusha National Park

Baboon baby

Baboon baby

Located about 45 minutes drive from Arusha is Arusha National Park. It contains many different habitats including lakes, forest, mountains and grass steppe.

Martial Eagle

Martial Eagle

These different habitats include a wide range of wildlife and birds. We arrived at the park early in the morning. But the gates only opened at 7:00 so we had to wait for an hour before entering the park.

Giraffe

Giraffe

But even before entering we had seen 3 Giraffes. So it was a pleasent waiting time. Right after entering the park we also saw some Zebras and a few Amur Falcons, but then it started to rain cats and dogs for hours.

Waterbuck

Waterbuck

First we headed towards a small crater, but it was so cloudy that we couldn’t even see the bottom of the crater. But we did encounter some Scaly Francolins, Blue Monkeys and Baboons.

Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

So we headed to the Momella Lakes. There we saw some Waterbucks, Bushbucks, Giraffes, Zebras, Warthogs and Dikdiks.

Dikdik

Dikdik

But by was the biggest surprise was a Serval Cat passing the road just in front of then car and then giving reasonable views for a few exciting moments.

Serval Cat

Serval Cat

 

Serval Cat

Serval Cat

At the lake we saw Southern Pochard, Chin-spot Batis, African Hobby, Diedrick’s Cuckoo, flamingos and Crested Francolin and much more. But no Maccoa Ducks were seen.

Chin-spot Batis a1

Southern Pochard

Southern Pochard

Hadada Ibis

Hadada Ibis

Killitz Plover

Killitz Plover

We then headed towards little Serengeti, where we saw more wildlife and both White-throated and Cinnamon-breasted Bee-eater.

Diedrick's Cuckoo

Diedrick’s Cuckoo

Crested Francolin

Crested Francolin

Later we headed towards the lower slopes of Mount Meru, but the road eventually turned so bad that the Prado couldn’t cope with it. So we retuned down the mountain but stumpled into a pack of Black and White Colobuses. A truly stunning experience.

Black and White Colobus

Black and White Colobus

The weather had cleared up, so we headed back to the crater, but except for the view there wasn’t much wildlife to see. But an adult Martial Eagle, a few Hobbies and Amur Falcons and Horus Swifts made it worth it.

Warthog

Warthog

Martial Eagle

Martial Eagle

Montane White-eye

Montane White-eye

Montane White-eye

Montane White-eye

In the forest around the crater we found a few Mountain White-eyes, which are really charming birds and a few Ashy and African Dusky Flycatchers were also seen.

Ashy Flycatcher

Ashy Flycatcher

All in all Arusha National Park is a very nice place with lots of animals and birds. Surely it is worth a visit. Especially if you wish to see a white Baboon:

Baboon

Baboon

Baboon

Baboon

Think about it

Think about it

Silas

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