Altitude: 1400 m.a.m.s.l.
Locally known as 'Serengeti ndogo' (swahili), the mini serengeti - is an open grassland inside Arusha national park where various animals come to graze including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, Zebras, Warthogs, Waterbucks etc.
It is the first attraction that you would see if entering the park using the Ngongongare gate
- especially if using the road to Momela; However, the animals only hang around this area during the mornings, becoming increasingly rare as the day moves on.
It is one of the few places inside the park where you would find an open grassland, and its large size and presence of animals is more than enough to give you that feel of being in the Serengeti plains. Other open grasslands include uwanja wa mbogo (buffalo's glade)
and a smaller one located on your way to the Momela lakes.
What to do there?
View the different animals that you would find grazing there, most of whom would spot you well before you see them. This is in fact the only place where you would see such a large collection of animals in the whole park. When done, you could also visit the other attractions
in the park of even climb mount Meru.Best time to visit?
The mornings of any day of the year, as no hiking is needed - most of the viewing is done from the comfort of a car and the roads are well maintained - all seasons - dirt roads. However, if you intend to visit the rest of the park, then it's best to come during the dry season (July to February).