Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park


Step into the enchanting world of Arusha National Park, a mesmerizing haven tucked away at the foot of Mount Meru in Tanzania. Spanning 552 square kilometers, this park showcases an incredible variety of landscapes, from lush rainforests and verdant swamps to shimmering lakes and sweeping savannahs. Despite its small size, the park is famed for giving shelter to some incredible wildlife; including African giraffes.

Arusha boasts of being the most topographically dynamic and beautiful wildlife national park in Tanzania. It's also the most accessible and convenient national park; which makes it a perfect place for a day trip. These one-day trips to Arusha are a perfect way to start or end your Tanzania Safari Tours.

The fact that you can reach Arusha in the easiest way possible; a short drive from Arusha town or Moshi and you find yourself amidst African bush-this makes Arusha a fantastic safari destination in Tanzania.

Arusha National Park
What to See

What to See

You will get to witness varied wildlife and a plethora of birdlife in the surrounding foothills of Mount Meru on Tanzania Safari Holidays. What else can you see on Arusha National Park Safari? Let’s take you through it!


Arusha National Park is home to an astonishing array of wildlife, both big and small. As you traverse the open savannah, you'll find yourself in awe of the majestic giraffes, graceful zebras, and sturdy buffaloes that roam the plains.

Venture into the dense forests, and you might catch a glimpse of the elusive leopard (though present but rarely seen) or the park's endemic black-and-white colobus monkey.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the endangered African wild dog (very rare), as well as nocturnal creatures such as the aardvark and the bushbaby.


With more than 400 bird species residing in the park, Arusha National Park is a true paradise for bird lovers. The park's diverse habitats provide a haven for an array of colorful and unique birds.

As you wander through the wetlands and forests, you may spot the vibrant narina trogon, the powerful crowned eagle, or the captivating African jacana.

Other notable bird species that can be spotted on Arusha National Park Tour are Hadeda ibis, bee-eater, olive pigeon, little grebe, hornbill, and tawny eagle.

Pro Tip: “Don't forget to pack your binoculars and camera, as the Arusha’s winged inhabitants are a sight to behold.”

Ngurdoto Crater

No visit to Arusha National Park would be complete without exploring the awe-inspiring Ngurdoto Crater. Often referred to as "Little Ngorongoro," this extinct volcanic crater spans six kilometers in diameter and is encircled by lush forests. Keep an eye out for wildlife grazing on the crater floor as you take in the breathtaking panoramic views from the crater rim.

Mommella Lakes

Discover the serene beauty of the Momella Lakes, a collection of seven alkaline lakes that offer stunning vistas and an abundance of birdlife. Each lake boasts its distinct hue, from turquoise to emerald green.

These lakes attract numerous waterbirds, including pink-hued flamingos, great white pelicans, and a variety of wading birds. Visitors on Tanzania Safari Vacation can enjoy canoeing or guided walks around the lakes, taking in the tranquil atmosphere and incredible scenery.

Activities to Do In

Activities to Do

Arusha National Park offers a wealth of activities to suit every type of explorer. Travelers on Arusha Safari Tours can indulge in the following activities:

Game Drives:

Hop into a 4x4 vehicle and embark on a game drive through Arusha National Park, where you'll encounter the park's incredible wildlife in its natural habitat. Led by experienced guides, you'll have the chance to observe and learn about the park's diverse fauna.

Guided walks:

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Arusha National Park by taking a guided walk. Accompanied by knowledgeable guides, you'll explore the park's diverse ecosystems, from lush forests and grassy plains to the vibrant Momella Lakes.

Mount Meru Trekking:

For the more adventurous, a trek up Mount Meru is the ultimate challenge. With experienced guides leading the way, the trek usually takes three to four days, passing through various vegetation zones and offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.



After a day of exploration, retire to one of the park's inviting accommodations. Choose from luxurious lodges, charming tented camps, or comfortable guest houses, each designed to provide a tranquil retreat amid Arusha National Park's stunning natural beauty.With options to suit every budget and taste, you'll find the perfect place to rest and recharge, ready for another day of adventure.

Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

Arusha National Park offers good wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the year. This makes Arusha a year-round safari destination. However, the best time for seeing wildlife remains the dry season, from June to October.

Also, the wet season (November to May) transforms the park into a lush, green paradise which makes it perfect for bird watching and hiking. December to February are the best months to get the best views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro amidst the clear skies.

How to Get

How to Get

As Arusha National Park is nearest (only a 45-minute drive away) to the eponymous town of Arusha, the starting point of northern Tanzania Safari Tours, getting to the national park is a breeze.

There is a variety of options to get to Arusha town.

  • Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport, which offers easy access to the park as it is situated only 46 km from Arusha.
  • Alternatively, you can also fly to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), and then connect to Arusha Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) via domestic flights.
Explore the wild

Explore the wild side of Tanzania

Though not a conventional safari destination as it doesn’t offer Big Five spotting, still it makes for a wonderful excursion thanks to its stunning landscapes located at the backdrop of imposing Mount Meru.

From swinging black-and-white colobus monkeys to the seasonal flocks of flamingos in Momella Lakes and the stunning sceneries of Ngurdoto Crater, the Arusha National Park offers an adventure of a lifetime. So, don’t forget to add this small yet intriguing national park as part of your Tanzania Safari Tours and witness its range of interesting habitats in the shadow of Mount Meru. For more details regarding Arusha Tours, you can always contact us!

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