Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park

Offers views of Mount Meru, diverse landscapes, and wildlife.

Arusha National Park, located just a short drive from the bustling city of Arusha, is a small but incredibly diverse park that offers visitors a taste of Tanzania’s natural beauty and wildlife. Covering approximately 552 square kilometers, the park is dominated by the spectacular Mount Meru, Tanzania’s second-highest peak. Arusha National Park boasts a variety of landscapes, from lush forests and open savannas to sparkling lakes and volcanic craters, making it a unique destination for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

What to Expect

Visitors to Arusha National Park can expect a rich tapestry of experiences, from breathtaking mountain views to close encounters with diverse wildlife. The park is home to a wide range of animals, including giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, warthogs, and several primate species such as blue monkeys and black-and-white colobus monkeys. While large predators like lions and elephants are rare in the park, leopards and hyenas can occasionally be spotted.

One of the park’s highlights is the stunning Momella Lakes, which attract numerous waterbirds, including flamingos. Another notable feature is the Ngurdoto Crater, often referred to as the “Little Ngorongoro,” which provides a habitat for a variety of animals and offers spectacular viewpoints.

Activities and Highlights

  • Game Drives: Enjoy morning, afternoon, and full-day game drives with knowledgeable guides.
  • Walking Safaris: Experience the park’s flora and fauna up close on a guided walk.
  • Canoeing: Explore the Momella Lakes by canoe for a unique safari experience.
  • Birdwatching: Discover over 400 bird species, including flamingos, pelicans, and raptors.
  • Cultural Visits: Engage with the local community and visit nearby villages and coffee plantations.
  • Photography: Capture stunning images of Mount Meru, diverse landscapes, and wildlife.


Arusha National Park offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury lodges and tented camps to budget-friendly campsites. Each provides a unique experience, whether you’re looking for comfort, adventure, or authenticity.

Travel Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: The park is accessible year-round, with each season offering unique experiences. The dry season (June to October) is ideal for general game viewing, while the wet season (November to May) is perfect for birdwatching and enjoying lush, green landscapes.
  • What to Pack: Bring lightweight clothing, a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a good camera. Warm clothing is recommended for cool mornings and evenings.
  • Health and Safety: Ensure you have the necessary vaccinations and anti-malaria medication. Always follow your guide’s instructions and respect the wildlife and local communities.

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