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Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park

It’s a gorgeous, almost magical place – Arusha National Park, northeast of Arusha town and just 50 kilometres from the international Kilimanjaro Airport. Black-and-white Colobus monkeys jump through the treetops with ease, elegant giraffes wander across the open savannah, and beautiful flamingos stand tall in the shallow Momella Lakes while Mt Meru calmly overlooks the goings-on.

Compared to Tarangire or Serengeti National Park, the Arusha National Park is very small. But on this comparably small area – which is still bigger than 77,000 football (soccer) fields! – you will find a surprisingly large diversity of vegetation supporting an equally large diversity of wildlife. From Mt Meru, the fifth highest mountain in Africa, in the West, the Momella Lakes in the North-East and the Ngurdoto Crater in the South-West you can experience mountainous forest, open savannah and grass land as well as a lush rain forest.

The Wildlife

Diverse vegetation is habitat for a diverse wildlife. You will see some of the icons of the African bush, among them buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, monkeys & more!

Mt Meru

The huge cliffs of Mt Meru tower above Arusha National Park at 4,566m. You start your climb to its peak in the park.

Walking Safaris

This is one of the few spots in Tanzania where you can do a walking safari. Experience wildlife on foot – a truly memorable experience.

A small park with so much to offer

Passing the “small Serengeti” during a game drive, you are likely to spot peaceful herds of buffaloes, shy bushbucks on the edge of the forest as well as warthogs and zebras. The area is also home to a high concentration of giraffes. Heading towards the Ngurdoto Crater you will soon find yourself in a lush rainforest – a great place to spot the athletic black and white colobus monkey as well as the elegant mitis monkey. The Ngurdoto Crater is basically a smaller version of the Ngorongoro Crater and has a diameter of about 3 km. With a bit of luck, you might even spot buffaloes in the swamps on the crater floor.

On the way towards the Momella Lakes, visitors are in for a treat as common waterbucks and reedbucks love to hang around the lake shore. An array of water birds like cormorants, kingfishers and beautiful flamingos are also often spotted.

Arusha National Park is also home to about a handful of African elephants but due to their constant movement they are hardly ever spotted. The same goes for leopards which roam the vast foggy forests of Mt Meru.

When to Go

Arusha National Park is a year-round destination. But as many places in Tanzania, the best time to spot wildlife is during the dry season from June to October. Vegetation is more scarce allowing you to spot wildlife more easily. This is also the best time to go on a walking safari. During the green season the park is literally very green – tall grass and foliage make it trickier to spot wildlife. That being said, the rainy green season does turn the park into a beautiful and lush jewel making for a very scenic visit. It is also a great time to see Tanzania’s birdlife.

Dry Season - June to October

Ideal for wildlife sightings and walking safaris

Green Season - November & March to May

Best for birdlife and beautifully lush landscapes

Why to Go

Get a real taste of safari

If you don’t have enough time to go on a multi-day safari, Arusha National Park will give you a real taste and arguably more of what safari is all about. While it’s not a Big Five destination, there is plenty of classic wildlife and even the black-and-white colobus monkey that’s hard to spot in other areas. The scenery is the star of the show and invites you to leave the rest of the world behind, despite the busy “safari capital” of Arusha being only 25 km (15 miles) away. It’s the perfect getaway and day-trip destination.

Things to Do

Arusha National Park is one of the few protected areas in Tanzania where you can get out of the car and get active as part of your safari. From guided walking safaris past giraffes and zebras to canoe trips on the Small Momella Lake to a multi-day Mt Meru climb for the more ambitious amongst us.

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