Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park

Discover and explore the diversity of

Arusha National Park

Size: 542 square kilometres.

Location: North-east of Arusha.

Best Time: Year round. For climbing Mt. Meru, the best time is June-February. For views of Kilimanjaro, the best time is December-February.

To Do: Game drive, canoeing, walking safari, Mt. Meru climb, and picnic sites.

Known For: Perfect for a day trip from Arusha, and a great place to mix a traditional game drive with a walking or canoeing component.

Arusha National Park is a perfect trip for day safaris, as it is close to both Arusha and Moshi. With terrain that ranges from open savannah to tropical rainforest, the park is dominated by the shadow of Mt. Meru – whose summit offers an unparalleled view of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The park’s highlights can easily be seen in a single day, with a morning or afternoon game drive accompanied by either a walking safari or canoeing in Small Momella Lake where the hippos are at play.

Arusha National Park is also home to Africa’s largest giraffe population, and its diverse landscapes are also home to antelopes, buffalo, monkeys (including the blue monkey and the black and white colobus monkey), hyenas, and even the ever elusive leopard.

Ngurdoto Crater is located in the southeastern part of the park which features a rich grassland ecosystem.  The northeastern part of the park gives way to the Momella Lakes which is a haven for birds who come to take advantage of the growing algae in the lakes.

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Highlights

Mount Meru is the second tallest mountain in Tanzania and 5th tallest in Africa.  It serves as the pinnacle attraction and highlight of the park.  Nature enthusiasts will appreciate getting to experience the different ecosystems that are found within this small park.

The majority of people visiting Arusha are there to trek up the mountain.  This is an opportunity to engage the mountain, varied nature elements, and views of the wilderness below the mountain summit.

safari tips and advice

Game Drives

The forests and plains surrounding the mountain are full of wildlife spotting opportunities. The relatively small park has easy game drive opportunities to experience the animals living in the park boundaries.

Mount Meru

Mountain Trekking

You are invited to come and climb Tanzania's second tallest mountain which will deliver stunning views of the plains and even chances to see Mount Kilimanjaro. Climbing the Mount Arusha is one of the most popular activities in the park.

Arusha National Park Trails

Climbing Mount Meru is one of the leading attractions and draws to the park.  The Momella route starts at the gate located on the eastern side of the mountain.  This is the route used to climb the mountain.

The best time to climb occurs between June and February with December through February offering the best chances to see Mount Kilimanjaro uncovered from the clouds.  The Momella route routinely takes 4 days traveling a distance of 11.8 miles (19 km), however, there is a shorter more direct ascent that takes 3 days and travels a distance of 8.7 miles (14 km).

The longer route is more common allowing for better acclimatization and is a little less strenuous.  You will travel through montane forest, moorland, and then the alpine desert before returning down.

Activities in Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park offers more than ‘just’ wildlife spotting. There are quite a few amazing activities you can undertake if you’re on your way to the park. 

  • Walking Safari
  • Climbing Mt. Meru
  • Maasai Visit (in the Area of Arusha)
  • Visiting nearby areas & waterfalls
  • Local Coffee Tours