Momella Lakes Viewpoint
Altitude: 1600 m.a.m.s.l.
Momella Lakes View point is a picnic site that is situated atop a small hill, a short distance west of the Momella lakes. This makes it one of the few places inside Arusha national park where you could get spectacular views of the Momella lakes – far below, as well as mount Meru and Ngurudoto crater.
Although hard to spot while one the road, it has a few concrete benches where visitors can sit. It is also a tranquil place, with not much to be heard but the occasional distant sounds of nature.
What to do there? Enjoy amazing views of the Momella lakes from a distance, though you may need to have a map or an experienced guide to be able to tell the lakes apart. But the possible activities are many – bird watching, picnics or just spend some time here.
Location of Momella Lakes Viewpoint The Momella lakes viewpoint is located in north eastern Arusha national park, near the Momella lakes. It is also the highest point when compare to its immediate surroundings, mostly grasslands with a few short trees.
For more information on this location, please see the map below:
How to get there? By vehicle, about a half hour drive from the Ngurudoto museum, and 45 minutes from the Ngongongare gate. You could use any type of vehicle, though the last bit from the main road may at times prove tough for non 4 x 4’s.
Alternative methods of transport include walking and cycling, though you may need to consult with park authorities as well as the use of a park ranger. For more information of park fees and permit, please see the TANAPA website
How to get to Arusha
There are two airports near Arusha. Arusha Airport is a domestic airport with only a few daily flights. It is 15 minutes from the town centre, and it is often the starting point for safaris.
Kilimanjaro International Airport receives daily flights from domestic, African, and international airlines. This airport is around 45 minutes from the centre and a taxi to the airport will cost around $50. Some drivers may accept a cheaper fare, but you will need to haggle.
If you are travelling from Kilimanjaro Airport to the local Arusha airport, allow at least one hour for the journey.
Places to stay in Arusha City
There are several budget options in Arusha, including The African Tulip and the Impala Hotel.
Kibo Palace Hotel: A large hotel with a pool and restaurant, and it is a great option if you are looking for a place to stay after an international flight or the night before a safari.
The African Tulip: A quaint boutique hotel which offers an airport shuttle. Most of the upmarket hotels can be found in the eastern area of Arusha. The Gran Melia Arusha offers fantastic views of Mt Meru, a well-stocked bar, a spa, and a pool.
Onsea House: A charming boutique guesthouse that was originally a farmhouse. It has two swimming pools, a sauna, a steam room, and a jacuzzi, and its gardens are tranquil.