Located about 45 minutes drive from Arusha is Arusha National Park. It contains many different habitats including lakes, forest, mountains and grass steppe.
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.
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.
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.
So we headed to the Momella Lakes. There we saw some Waterbucks, Bushbucks, Giraffes, Zebras, Warthogs and Dikdiks.
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.
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.
We then headed towards little Serengeti, where we saw more wildlife and both White-throated and Cinnamon-breasted Bee-eater.
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.
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.
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.
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: