Arusha National Park

The closest national park to the town of Arusha, Arusha National Park is often overlooked by safari goers despite offering the opportunity to explore an array of different habitats within a few hours.

The horizon is dominated by the spectacular sight of Mount Meru, Africa鈥檚 fifth largest peak. Parts of the mountain are within the park boundary, offering great views of Mount Kilimanjaro to the East.

In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, with its steep, rocky cliffs and wide marshy floor.

Further north, rolling grassy hills enclose the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes, each one a different hue of green or blue.

There is no shortage of wildlife to view within Arusha National Park. Keep an eye out for giraffes, zebra, dik-dik, buffalo and warthog. It is also a great place to seek out leopards and spotted hyenas, which are most likely to be seen in the early morning and late afternoon. It is also the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white
Colubus monkey is easily seen.

Arusha National Park is a great place to:

  • Hike up Mt Meru and enjoy the view
  • Spend dawn or dusk watching the veil of cloud on the eastern horizon
    clear to reveal the majestic snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro
  • Soak up the beauty and tranquility of the ever-changing landscape,
    including forests, heath-land and alpine desert
  • Enjoy the birdlife on beautiful Momela Lakes
  • Be captivated by the larger animals, who go about their daily business
    unfazed by their human audience.