Arusha National Park

Immortalised in the words of Sir Julian Huxley as “a gem amongst parks” Arusha National Park in Tanzania’s northern circuit is a year-round safari attraction- with each season bringing forth a unique facet and perspective. What it lacks in size compared to other iconic parks, Arusha NP makes up with its spectacular diversity bustling with game.

Accessible and richly endowed

The park is easily accessible and can be explored in a single day. It is located in close proximity to Arusha, Moshi, and Kilimanjaro international airport and is just a few minutes’ drive from the town centre. The topography is exquisite in its diversity and the beauty is further accentuated by panoramic vistas which encompass the Momela Lake, Mt. Meru and Ngurdoto Crater. The 137 square kilometers (52.9 square miles), Park derives her name from the Warusha people who traditionally lived in the area.

Park Attractions

Set under the foothills of Mt. Meru, Tanzania’s second highest mountain, the park offers a view of the majestic snow-capped Kilimanjaro at a distance. Home to the largest giraffe population in the world, the park is rich in wildlife diversity and is a birding paradise. Going in, get ready to be floored by the mysterious montane rain forest, home to the white and black Colobus monkeys. The swamps of the Ngurdoto Crater are the abode of warthogs and expansive open savannah of Serengeti Ndogu (Little Serengeti) is where the zebras and giraffes feed. The tranquil alkaline green or blue hued seven lakes forming the Momela Lake attract nearly 400 species of birds including flamingos, ibis, heron, egrets, colourful turacos, and trogons etc. Other games include dik-dik, klipspringers, occasional lion or leopard and spotted hyena.

Activities to do

The park is ideal for the game drive and equally pleasant when it comes to the good old walking safari. Canoeing in the Momela lakes also brings a fresh perspective of the unique biosphere system.

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Arusha National Park Facts

  • An area of 137 sq km, at 1500 metres above sea level up to 4500 metres at the summit of Mr. Meru
  • Northeast of the country, east of the Ngorongoro Crater, near the town of Arusha National Park
  • Not far from the border with Kenya.
  • This park lies between the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru.
  • 21 km from Arusha town
  • The rich tapestry of flora and fauna it supports
  • The Arusha National Park and Arusha town derive their name from the Wa-Arusha people who traditionally lived in this area.
  • Until 1967 this was known as Ngurdoto Crater National Park.
  • It has three distinct zones that defines its beauty and variety

The Momella Lakes:

  • Shallow alkaline lakes fed by underground streams
  • Has thousands of lesser and greater flamingos as well as migratory birds (between April and October).
  • Each of the lakes has a different hue.

The Ngurdoto Crater:

  • Aka “mini-Ngorongoro” has a diameter of 3km.
  • Descending into a volcanic bowl supporting a multitude of wildlife in lush swamp vegetation
  • One has a superb view from the rim of this crater.

Mt Meru:

  • Tanzania’s second highest peak at 4,566m
  • Mt Meru Crater is one of the most spectacular landscapes in Tanzania and is thus the highpoint of a visit here.
  • Both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru can be seen from the park.
  • The climate is temperate throughout the year
  • Two wet seasons – November to December (short rains) and March to May
  • Driest months – August to October
  • Best time to visit is anytime between July and March
  • Best time to climb Mt. Meru is between June and February
  • Bird watching
  • Forest Walks
  • 3 to 4 days Mt Meru climb
  • Game drives for few days or even a day trip is possible.