Arusha National Park is located just a brief drive from Moshi and Arusha towns, making it the most accessible game park in Tanzania as well as the most ideal place to have a one day trip or the first stopover or final stopover for a safari itinerary exploring the northern Tanzania safari parks. The park covers an area of just 137 square kilometers which makes it one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania. Its terrain is comprised of different wildlife habitats including the open savannah, the rainforest, the acacia scrubland as well as the alpine on the higher altitude of Mount Meru.
The park has a varied diversity of wildlife which includes both carnivores and herbivores like: zebras, elephants, occasional wildebeests, hippos as well as buffaloes. In addition the park offer very exciting walking safaris that present a great chance to stretch your legs; you can also join the rewarding boat ride. Furthermore, this park is home to one of the largest populations of giraffes in the world.
Best Time to Visit Arusha National Park
Although this park can be visited all year round, for the best game viewing we recommend that you visit during the dry season which starts in June, through July, August, September and October. For Holidaymakers interested in bird watching, Arusha National Park is one of the best places you can enjoy a bird watching tour especially starting in November, December, January, February, March and April when the migratory species from North Africa as well as Europe and many of the local species are breeding.
What to do in Arusha National Park
Climbing Mount Meru
Wildlife in Arusha National Park
Because of the varied landscapes found inside this park, there is a very high number of different animals staying within this park. Among the animals you can expect to see are: giraffe (one of the largest populations in the world), waterbucks, cape buffaloes, elephants, trogons, occasional lions or leopards, in addition to several primates like: the blue monkeys, black & white colobus monkeys as well as the turacos. There are also various bird species living within this park which you can see here.
Safari Highlights of Arusha National Park
Ascend Mountain Meru
This is the 5th highest mountain in Africa standing at a height of 4,566 meters / 14,990 feet. Unlike the towering Mountain Kilimanjaro whose peak is hidden above the low skies, the peak of Mt. Meru is very visible all year round.
Mt. Meru is an active volcano, as well as a popular mountain climbing destination for holidaymakers on Safari in Tanzania. It offers a good introductory climbing experience especially for those interested in to summit the Kilimanjaro Mountain. While at the summit of this mountain you will have a chance to enjoy breathtaking views of the Mt. Kilimanjaro. During the hike you won’t only see the varied wildlife habitats but also encounter a number of wild animals among which are: giraffes, elephants as well as various antelopes.
Enjoy Canoe Rides on the Momella Lakes
Inside Arusha National Park are the Momella Lakes which actually are a series of seven (7) shallow lakes which include: El Kekhotoito, Big Momella, Rishateni, Small Momella, Kusare as well as Lekandiro. Because of the large amount of algae growth found in these alkaline lakes, each of them has a different shade of either blue or green.
Although the water here isn’t appropriate for drinking, you will not fail to notice the large number of different birds and animals like dik-diks, giraffes, waterbucks as well as zebras within the nearby areas
On Small Momella Lake you will be able to enjoy canoeing tours.
Explore the Ngurdoto Crater
This crater is generally swampy and offers a safe refuge to a variety of wild animals such as the Cape Buffaloes, elephants, different monkey species, warthogs and a number of different types of antelopes in addition to baboons; and it’s for that reason that this place is popular for game drives.
Visit the Ngurdoto Museum
This museum overlooks the Ngurdoto Forest which is crowded with a large population of the black & white colobus monkeys. This Ngurdoto Museum houses a remarkable collection of illustrations of the different animals, insects and birds living in the park.
Visit Lake Longil
This is the only freshwater lake found within Arusha National Park, and it is a watering hole that is frequently visited by water bucks and buffaloes.
Explore Tululusia Hill
The Tululusia hill which was formerly a look-out point from Tanzania during the tribal wars is currently a very popular place for hikes and camping and rewards holidaymakers breathtaking views of Mt. Meru, Mt. Kilimanjaro as well as the lower areas of the park.
This part of the park is actually heavily forested and serves as habitat to red duikers, buffaloes, pythons (commonly seen in the trees), elephants, leopards and colobus monkeys