Experience Arusha National Park, Tanzania

Arusha National Park, often overlooked in favor of its more famous neighbours is in fact a haven of wildlife. It lies just 25 km east of Arusha and is a rewarding day trip from Arusha or Moshi. The amazing wildlife of this park include: the lush swamps of Ngurdoto Crater, the tranquil beauty of Momela Lakes and the rocky alpine heights of Mt. Meru, in fract the terrain of this park is as varied as it is interesting.

Zebras, gazelles and giraffes can be experienced grazing on the park’s grasslands, while leopards can be witness lurk next to waterfalls in the showdry forest. More than 400 species of bird, both migrant and resident, call this Park home alongside rare primates, such as the Black and White Colobus Monkey. The rewarding climb up Mt. Meru passes through forests of dripping Spanish moss and raises to open health, spiked with giant lobelia plants. Delicate Klispringer antelope watch the progress of hikers from top of huge boulders, and everlasting flower cling to the alpine desert underfoot. Once astride the craggy summit, the reward is a sight of neighboring Mt.Kilimanjaro, breathtaking at sunshine. The best time to visit Arusha National Park is during the dry season from July to November, or after the short rains from December to March. The best months to climb Mt. Meru are June throughout to February, with the best views of Mt.Kilimanjaro seen from December to February.

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Recommended Tours Featuring Arusha National Park

These sample tours will give you an idea of what to expect when either traveling to Arusha National Park or how we incorporate Arusha National Park with the other destinations Tanzania. Please note that the following tours are meant to inspire you since your safari will be tailor-made by our travel experts to fit your needs and preferences within this destination. 

Endless Plains Serengeti

12 Days

Endless Plains Safari 
From $3,045 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire

Classic Tanzania Safari

14  Days

Classic Tanzania Safari
From $ 3,590 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar

Tanzania Northern Safari

8 Days

Tanzania Northern Safari
From $1,805 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Arusha, Tarangire, Central Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Arusha.

Tanzania Safari & Beach

13 Days

Tanzania Big Five 
From $5,551 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Arusha,  Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Tarangire,  Serengeti & Zanzibar.

Map of Arusha National Park

Places to Stay at Arusha National Park

Below are some of our highly recommended places of stay at Arusha that have been tested and chosen by our travel specialists

Arusha Coffee House

Arusha Coffee House

Comprising of 30 Plantation Houses that radiate out into the evergreen coffee fields, Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s home that dates back to the early 1900’s.

Rivertrees Country Inn

Rivertrees Country Inn

The inn is a charming country estate that was once an old coffee farm, and still retains the nostalgic air of a well-loved homestead. Sprawling ten acres of fertile greenery, the grounds are a natural extension of Mt Meru’s sloping foothills, and offer a sanctuary for the birds and wildlife indigenous to the area.

Onsea House

Onsea House

Onsea House offer 5 tastefully decorated and peaceful rooms. The cozy and tranquil country inn, surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, consists of 2 double suites and a family suite overlooking the Meru valley.

Arumeru River Lodge

Arumeru River Lodge

Ameru features an inviting lounge and large terrace with a wonderful view of Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. The 31 chalets, junior suites and family rooms are located in individual bungalows spread across the large tropical estate.


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