Momela gate of Arusha national park, one of the three security gates onsite with office area to the right (off view)
Momela gate of Arusha national park, TANAPA offices onsite with cafeteria and path to Momela road (near right) and road to Momela lakes (near left)
Momela gate of Arusha national park, Momela rd. crossing left to right (Ngongongare to Momela respectively) with path for Meru trekking and animal skulls site straight ahead and TANAPA offices behind (off view)
Momela gate of Arusha national park, road to Momela lakes with parking to the right and TANAPA offices to the left (both off view)
Momela gate of Arusha national park, benches outside the TANAPA offices onsite(right and off view)
Momela gate of Arusha national park, toilets (right and off view) with parking in the distance and TANAPA offices behind viewer(also off view)
Momela gate of Arusha national park, parking area, with a souvenir shop in the distance and Momela road just behind the trees on the left
Momela gate of Arusha national park, 'leaving' road to Ngongongare gate with parking area and offices on the left (off view) and trekking route for mt Meru on the far right
Momela gate of Arusha national park, signpost at the northern security gate (behind and off view) with road to Ngongongare gate
Altitude: 1580 m.a.m.s.l.
One of the northern entrance/exit points into Arusha National park, situated near the rural suburb of Momela and the northeastern foothills of mount Meru.
It serves as an administrative checkpoint for TANAPA, where permits for everyone or vehicle entering or leaving the park may be checked or acquired.
There actually are four security gates at the site, one headed in each of the compass directions — south to Ngongongare gate and the rest of the park; another east to the Momela lakes; the third a smaller trekkers only headed West to mount Meru; and the last north exiting the park
It has a large parking area, a modern office for TANAPA, a ranger's post, a souvenirs shop, flushing toilets (W.C.'s), a good supply of water, quarters for the rangers, lunch benches for resting or eating and a cafeteria that serves both hot and cold drinks, along with a limited food menu.
At the time of writing, there is no power supply to the area, thus most equipment runs on solar energy.
What to do there?Register and acquire any permits, gather information and resources you may need from TANAPA before or after entering the park.
You normally just have to tell them what you intend to do inside the park whether it is canoeing, a safari or hiking and the rangers at the site would tell you everything you need to know as well as what you need to pay.
At the time of writing (2017), payment is done electronically using either credit cards, visa cards or TANAPA pay cards, so make sure to have one before getting there or at least consult with TANAPA offices.
The gate also is where you may collect keys to some of the park's facilities such as campsites and rest houses — so make sure to check in here before heading out to them.
The souvenir shops offer great memorabilia to remind you of your time inside the park, but if you are exiting through other gates, then don't worry as there is another one at Ngongongare gate south of here.
For those climbing mount Meru, then the gate is also where you would meet your crew before or after heading out. Other than that you could visit the rest of the park's attractions.
Best time to visitThe gate itself can be visited anytime throughout the year as the Momela road is used by passenger buses or vehicles as well.
However, the rest of the park would be rather less interesting if visited in the rainy season of March to June as unexpected showers may limit your mobility.
Location of Momela gate
Momela gate is located on the northern border of Arusha national park, near the rural suburb of Momela.