Altitude: 1400 m.a.m.s.l.
A museum that is dedicated to showcasing the different types of animals that are found inside the Ngurudoto crater. It contains taxidermy, skeletons, remains along with other information about these animals and serves as a good place to learn about them before actually heading out to the crater.
The museum also has a souvenir shop, modern flushing toilets, a small car park as well as a rangers post next to it, complete with quarters and all. The area around it is home to several plant species, with some of these having a plaque on them detailing their information. Animals that might be seen there inlcude the Colobus monkeys, baboons and a few bird species.
Unfortunately, it was under repairs when we last visited, thus putting a limit as to how much we can tell you about it.
What to do there?Enjoy the sights and learn about the animals that can be found in the Ngurudoto crater, as well as the crater itself – before heading out to it. Or you could just use it as a rest stop on your way to or from the crater.
Best time to visitAny time of the year as the roads leading up to it are all seasons dirt roads, with vehicle access right up to its door step; However, the rest of the park may not be as fun to visit during the rainy season of march to June as views are limited, and hikes slightly harder.
Location of Ngurudoto museumThe Ngurudoto museum is located on the eastern part of Arusha national park, next to the Ngurudoto crater with much of the vegetation around it consisting of that which is found in a rainforest. It also sits at the T – junction between the roads to Ngongongare gate, Ngurudoto crater and Momela lakes. For more information about its location, please see the map below.
How to get there?By vehicle only, approximately a half an hours drive from the Ngongongare gate and twice that from Momela gate. You can either use a tours and travel, private or rental vehicle with no specific requirements as to the type of vehicle.
At the time of writing, required fees include a conservation fee of TSHS 10,000 or USD 45 for east African and non east African citizens respectively, as well as a possible vehicle permit fee if using your own car.
The museum is easily reached from areas south of the park, such as Arusha, Moshi and other suburbs between them.
ReferencesInformation from an actual visit to the museum
Abbreviationsm.a.m.s.l. – metres above metric sea level
TANAPA – Tanzania National Parks