Kilimanjaro view point of Arusha national park, view from the entrance point (behind viewer) on the western end of the picnic site
Kilimanjaro view point of Arusha national park, a silhouette of mount Meru as seen from the benches at the site
Kilimanjaro view point of Arusha national park, a view from the western end of the compound with entrance point behind viewer
Kilimanjaro view point of Arusha national park, Ngurudoto crater rim (far centre) as seen from the benches at the site
Kilimanjaro view point of Arusha national park, looking at where Kilimanjaro should be (far left) if not for the clouds
Kilimanjaro view point of Arusha national park, the turning point to the site (right) with road up the mountain on the left
Altitude: 1870 m.a.m.s.l.
A beautiful picnic site on the slopes of mount Meru that provides amazing views of mount Kilimanjaro from afar, but only on a day with clear skies. More reliable views are those of most of Arusha national park's lowlands from an elevated altitude, along with that of Ngurudoto crater rim.
The site is more of a natural evergreen lawn, half as large the public campsites, with an entrance road on one end and two concrete benches on the other. In fact, it is structured like the campsites, with the exception of the buildings.
What to do there?Hike or drive to the place, have a picnic, animal watching and enjoy the sights. When done, you could also visit the fig tree arch nearby, the Maio waterfalls or any of the other attractions in the park.
Best time to visit?Any time not in the rainy season or during the night time. For the latter, TANAPA does not allow moving around the park during the nighttime, while the rainy season would surely limit any view you may enjoy by visiting the place.
Location of Kilimanjaro View Point (arusha)
The Kilimanjaro view point is located on the slopes of mount meru, of Arusha - Tanzania and also within the Arusha national park of which the mountain is a part of. Found in the early stages of the journey to Maio waterfalls, the site sits on a patch of ground contoured like a natural observation deck, protruding from the mountain's side and with a rapidly sloping hillside on all but the entrance side. Thus making it one of the rare spots in the montane forest zone where one could enjoy a 360 degree view of the park, including the peak of mount Meru.
There are several campsites nearby as well as a rest house that can be used for accommodation. For more information on its location, please see the map below (click to start).
How to get there?By hiking or driving, with the latter being preferred. It takes about a half an hour drive to get there from Momela gate, taking you past all the public campsites and continuing up the mountain, until finally reaching the turning point on the right hand side of the road. Self driving is allowed provided you pay for the respective permit, alternatively you could use a tours and travel company.
For hiking, you would need to get an armed ranger from Momela gate, as well as pay for a walking safari fee. The fees for visiting the view point by driving are included in those of the entry permit, meaning that you do not have to pay extra to visit it unless if you are hiking there.
Note these are only park fees and those of a tours and travel company may differ. For more information, please see the TANAPA website.ReferencesInformation from an actual visit to the view point
Abbreviations1. TANAPA - Tanzania National Parks 2. m.a.m.s.l. - metres above metric sea level