Arusha national park canoe safari : Canoe safaris are among the activities which can be done during tours to Arusha national park which is found in the northern part of Tanzania.
This activity brings you closer to nature from a different perspective and wildlife species can be spotted form a close distance while enjoying a canoe ride. Canoeing takes about 3 to 4 hours during Tanzania safaris in the national park.
Apart from the various wildlife species which can be seen during canoe safaris in Arusha national park, you can also see different bird species. Canoe rides in Arusha national park are carried out on the Momella lakes.
Some of the wildlife species which can be seen during canoe safaris in Arusha national park include giraffes, buffalos, waterbucks, hippos, bushbucks among others which graze close to the water shores.
Bird species which can be seen during canoe safaris in Arusha national park include flamingos, herons, Egyptian goose, hornbills among others. The best time for bird watching at the destination is the months from November to April and the national park has over 300 bird species.
The type of canoes which are used during the canoe safaris in Arusha national park are 2 person fiber glass canoes and it is done on the small Momella lakes. During canoeing, children above 8 years of age can take part in the activity during their safari in Tanzania.
When taking part in activities like canoeing in Arusha national park, park fees are charged and also canoeing fees. The fee which is charged for canoeing at this destination is 24 USD for adults and children are charged a fee of 12 USD. The canoe safaris on the Momella lakes are guided tours that are carried out inside Arusha national park. Views of the Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro can also be seen during the canoe ride.
Other places around Tanzania where canoe safaris are carried out include Lake Duluti and also in Lake Manyara national park which is also among the wildlife viewing destinations found in the northern part of Tanzania.
Park entrance fees which are charged during tours to Arusha national park are as follows excluding 18% tax;
During tours to Arusha national park, nonresidents above 16 years are charged park entrance fee of 50 USD in the peak season and 45 USD in the low season and children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 15 USD.
Residents or expatriates visiting Arusha national park are charged park entrance fee of 25 USD in the high season and 22.5 USD in the low season for those above 16 years of age and children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 7.5 USD.
Tanzanians and East African citizens aged above 16 years visiting Arusha national park are charged park entrance fee of 10,000 Tanzania shillings and children aged between 5 and 15years are charged park entrance fee of 2,000 Tanzania shillings. Children aged below 5 years are not charged park entrance fees during tours to Arusha national park.
Other activities apart from canoe safaris which are carried out around Arusha national park include game drives, guided nature walks and forest walks, bird watching, horse riding and also hiking.
Game drives around Arusha national park are carried out at different times of the day such as in the morning and afternoon and the national park has beautiful scenery which can also be seen when exploring the national park such as wooded savannah, acacia forests, rivers and streams, lakes, waterfalls among others. Wildlife species can be spotted in the forests where black and white colobus monkeys live and in the savannah wildlife species like giraffes, buffalos, antelopes, zebras and buffalos among others can be spotted.
During safaris around Arusha national park guided nature walks which are carried out following different trails in the forest. When walking with your ranger guide in the forested part of the national park, you can also see wildlife species like black and white colobus monkeys as well as attractions like waterfalls found in the national park.
Another activity to engage in during a safari around Arusha national park is horse riding. This national park is among the few destinations in Tanzania where you can enjoy a wildlife viewing experience on horseback and get close to nature with the help of experienced guides. The horse rides take about 4 to 6 hours and are very exciting.
Hiking is also carried out around Arusha national park during safaris and this national park is also a destination where the second highest mountain in Tanzania is found. Mount Meru is famous for hikes in this park and it takes about 3 to 4 days to hike on this mountain and the cost is about 950 USD per person. The hikes on this mountain start from the Momella gate to Miriakamba hut, from Miriakamba hut to saddle hut, From Saddle hut to the summit and back to Miriakamba hut and the last day you hike back to the Momella gate.
Safaris to Arusha national park can be done any time of the year however the best time to go to the destination is the dry season from June to October when wildlife species are easy to spot.
The different ways to access Arusha national park include flights to Arusha airport or Kilimanjaro international airport and you can also get to the national park by driving from Arusha or Moshi town.