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Giraffe grazing at the Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park Safaris

Arusha National Park is small, but full of spectacular landscapes in all directions. The highlight of the park is Mt. Meru, the second highest peak in Tanzania which is also known as the little cousin of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Arusha National Park is also home to the Ngurdoto Crater and the beautiful Momella ... Read More

6 Trips in Arusha National Park

Highlights
  • Watch the herds of Elephants up close in Tarangire National park.
  • Enjoy the plains of Serengeti National park with annual wildebeest migration.
  • Explore the "big five" at the World's Heritage site - Ngorongoro Crater.
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Simba Adventures Ltd
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4 Days Budget Safari - Tarangire, Serengeti & Ngorongoro

This tour offering you a fantastic way to enjoy the mystery of Tanzania wildlife and ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 867 4 days View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
Highlights
  • See all varieties of flora and fauna.
  • Maasai cultural Activities.
  • Big five Animals.
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Northern Masailand Safaris
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Best Of Wildebeast Migration (8 Days)

Safaris begin and end in Arusha. It is a year-round safari destination. Your highlights are ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
  • Operator Northern Masailand Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,150 8 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jun 20
Jun 21
Highlights
  • Stunning scenery and African wildlife.
  • Beach Holidays.
  • Big Five Animals.
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Northern Masailand Safaris
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Tanzania Safari In Style

Tanzania Safari in Style for 14 days safari from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Lake Natron, Serengeti ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Arusha/Lukozi View Map
  • Operator Northern Masailand Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 4,720 13 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jun 20
Jun 21
Highlights
  • Full day's game drive safari in Arusha National Park.
  • Buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, warthogs, zebras and baboons and plenty of bird life.
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Enosa Expeditions
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Full Day Of Game Drives In Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is a great safari attraction for a full day's game drive. Although ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Moshi/Moshi View Map
  • Operator Enosa Expeditions Active 5 hours ago
From US$ 270 12 hours View Tour
Next Departures
Today
Jun 19
Highlights
  • Walking Safari with Armed Range guide.
  • Game drives at Tarangire.
  • Explore the Cradle on Mankind at Ngorongoro Crater.
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Northern Circuit Adventure
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4-Day Budget Camping & Walking Safari In Tanzania

Enjoy encounters with exotic wild animals from the comfort of your 4x 4 open roof ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
  • Operator Northern Circuit Adventure
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,000 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jun 20
Jun 21
Highlights
  • Game drives for full wildlife viewing.
  • Visit Arusha, Manyara, Tarangire & Serengeti National Parks.
  • Explore the most famous wildlife treasures in Tanzania - the eighth wonder of the world.
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Hope Adventures Safaris
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6 Days Treasure And Leisure

Safari to Tarangire is a fascinating tour where you may see huge herds of ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
  • Operator Hope Adventures Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,450 6 days View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
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Arusha National Park - Overview and Facts

Arusha National Park is small, but full of spectacular landscapes in all directions. The highlight of the park is Mt. Meru, the second highest peak in Tanzania which is also known as the little cousin of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Arusha National Park is also home to the Ngurdoto Crater and the beautiful Momella Lakes.

Just 25 kms away from Arusha, this park is one of the most accessible national parks of northern Tanzania. It is often overlooked by many travellers because they only receive information about more popular places such as the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti or Mt. Kilimanjaro. This often proves a blessing to those who want a quieter safari experience.

  • Wildlife rating: 3 stars out of 5
  • Scenic beauty: 4.5 stars out of 5
  • Bush vibe: 3 stars out of 5

Due to a lack of the chances of spotting wildlife in Arusha National Park, gamedrive is not a popular option here. Climbing Mt.Meru, on the other hand, is one of the most famous activities in this national park. Travelers will always be accompanied by a game reserve ranger during this easy 4-day climb.

Another activity that is unique to this place is a canoeing safari following the shorelines of the Momella Lakes. Flocks of flamingos and other water birds can easily be spotted in this area.

Pros and Cons of Arusha National Park

Pros:

  • Easily accessible: 25 kms away from Arusha town and 60 kms away from Kilimanjaro.
  • Can be covered in one to two days.
  • This is the only area where black-and-white colobus monkeys can easily be seen.
  • Less crowded than other National Parks in Tanzania.

Cons:

  • Wildlife is not easily spotted and accessible in the park.

Accommodation in Arusha

You can stay in Arusha town because it is close to the park. Alternatively, you can also stay within the vicinity of the park.

The hotels and lodges around Arusha National Park or in Arusha may vary in prices depending on various factors such as location and the quality of service.

Best Time to Visit Arusha

Various animals and birds can be spotted all through the year. The scenery is also beautiful all year round because Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru create a beautiful backdrop on either side of the national park.

You can expect good weather on all months except March, April and May. It is the peak of the wet season during these three months and heavy rainfall can sour your plans.

The park never gets too crowded and you can get a quiet vacation whenever you visit Arusha National Park.

Extend Your Vacation from Arusha

Arusha National Park is small compared to other National Parks in the Northern Circuit. Unless you climb Mt. Meru, 2-3 days should be enough to complete most activities in the park.

Fortunately, it is perfectly located if you want to extend your visit to Mountain Kilimanjaro National Park which is about 70 kms away.

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