Introduction to Arusha National Park

Only a short drive from Arusha town and Moshi, Arusha National Park is the most accessible park in Tanzania and houses Kili’s sister, Mount Meru.
Though it’s only a small park at 552 square kilometers, it offers many fantastic activities like game drives, walking safaris, canoeing safaris, and many more.

Why visit Arusha National Park?

  • Views of the magical Mount Meru and surrounding landscapes.
  • Arusha National Park offers the largest population of Giraffes in Tanzania.
  • The park offers canoeing safaris, which you can’t find in other Northern safari circuit parks. You’ll surely have fun here, along with its high animal concentration.

Getting to Arusha National Park

By Road

Arusha National Park can be reached by road from Arusha city. The journey from Arusha takes around a 50km/1 hour drive.

By Air

Daily scheduled flights to Kilimanjaro and Arusha from Dar es Salaam with Auric Air, Coastal Aviation, and Precision Air.

Best Time to visit Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is a popular safari destination all year round.
Regarding excellent game viewing, it’s best to visit the park during the dry season, from June to October. On top of that, birding is best year-round—particularly in November and April.

These are when migratory birds from North Africa and Europe are present at the park, along with the local birds, showing off their breeding plumage.

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Things to do in Arusha National Park

With its lush forests, winding rivers, and awe-inspiring mountain peaks, the park offers plenty of opportunities for an outdoor adventure for everyone.

Wildlife in Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is known for its naturally high animal concentration. An amazing taster of the stunning rich wildlife that Tanzania has to offer.

Birds in Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is among the best birder destinations in Tanzania’s northern circuit. The park houses over 400 bird species, including but not limited to those listed below.

Landscape in Arusha National Park

Nestled at the foot of Mount Meru and home to countless species of wildlife, the landscape offers an incredible opportunity to experience nature at its finest.

Where to stay in Arusha National Park

From luxurious safari lodges a more rustic camping experiences, there are plenty of great options for where to stay in Arusha National Park.

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Top questions answered for Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is unlike anywhere you’ve been before. So, you have questions. We’ve been visiting for decades. So, we have answers.
Apart from being the most accessible park in the northern safari circuit, Arusha National Park offers a range of wildlife and landscape diversity. This includes black and white colobus monkeys, waterfalls, lakes, craters, swamps, and Kili’s sister, Mount Meru.
There are currently seven lakes in the park: Small Momella, Big Momella, Kusare, Lekandiro, El Kekhotoito, Tulusia, and Rishateni.
Very much so! Besides the high animal concentration here, the park also boasts wonderful birdlife, landscape, and ease of access.
Some of the highlights of an Arusha safari are Mount Meru, Momella Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater, Ngurdoto Museum, and many more.
Absolutely! With its seven lakes, you can take canoe safaris in Momella lake here in Arusha National Park.
Walking safaris are among the best safari activities in Arusha Park. This is particularly a walk at Mount Meru’s foot, where you’ll have a chase to spot monkeys, buffaloes, zebras, and more.

You can get to Arusha either by plane or road. It’ll only take 45 minutes from Arusha city to Arusha National Park.

However, if you land in Dar es Salaam, the travel time to reach the park will be around 12 hours via bus. You also have the option to travel via plane for one hour, entering Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport.
The weather in Arusha is generally warm and temperate, with less rainfall. However, the weather gets cold from mid-May to September, so wear a jacket when visiting during these months.

You can visit year-round. However, if you want an excellent game-viewing experience, the best period to visit Arusha Park is from December to March, then June to September—the months coinciding with the park’s dry seasons.

The best way to plan your Arusha National Park trip is to entrust it to an award-winning local tour operator like Easy Travel. We have 35 years of expertise under our belt, guaranteeing the best possible experience for our guests.

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