"The volcanic park"


Located just a short drive from Arusha and Moshi, the Arusha National Park is Tanzania’s most accessible national park and the perfect place for a day trip or as the first or last stop on a longer itinerary. At just 552 square kilometres, it’s a small park with a lot to see.

Unique Primates

The Arusha national park is home to some unique primates such as the blue monkeys in the thick montane forest & it’s the only park in northern Tanzania with the black and white colobus monkey.

Beautiful Landscapes

The Mt Meru crater is massive. It’s the centrepiece of the park and is a cradle of life for everything living around it. It grants uninhibited views of the beautiful East African Rift.

The Momella Lakes

These alkaline lakes are busy with life and provide a valuable source of water to wildlife in the area. You can even go canoeing on them.


The park lies approximately 60km from Kilimanjaro International Airport and just a 40-minute drive from Arusha town which is the gateway to the northern safari circuit in Tanzania.

It has a Crater

Arusha National Park is known for the 2.4kilometre wide Ngurdoto Crater, which stands in the midst of the montane forest. It encloses a marshy floor dotted with wildlife.

Climb Mount Meru

Mount Meru the second highest peak in the country and the fifth highest in Africa, is located within the Arusha National Park.

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Ngorongoro Crater


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Tarangire National Park


Arusha National Park


Mt. Kilimanjaro


Ruaha National Park


Lake Victoria


Lake Tanganyika


Selous Game Reserve


Gombe Stream National Park


Mikumi National Park


Mahale Mountains




Mount Meru



The park is just a few kilometres north east of Arusha, though the main gate is 25 km east of the city. It is also 58 km from Moshi and 35 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).


Due to the fact that Arusha National park is mainly a day tour park, accommodation is mainly available in Arusha, which means that you will be spoilt for choice in terms of lodges and hotels of all levels.


If you have any questions with regards to accommodation or Arusha National Park contact us and let one of our experts create your dream safari.


Apart from wildlife viewing Arusha National Park also offers one of the best walking safari opprtunities, in Tansania, canoeing, as well as hill and mountain trekking.


Located just a short drive from Arusha and Moshi, the Arusha National Park is Tanzania’s most accessible national park and the perfect place for a day trip or as the first or last stop on a longer itinerary. At just 552 square kilometres, it’s a small park with a lot to see.


With diverse wildlife that includes herbivores such as elephants, hippos, buffalo, zebra, and even the occasional wildebeest, With its craters, hill & mountain, Arusha National Park is a perfect place to get out and stretch your legs.


Arusha National Park is also home to the world’s largest population of giraffes, making it a great place to visit for fans of these long-necked, beautiful animals.


Birdlife in the forest is prolific, with many forest species more easily seen here than elsewhere on the tourist route - Narina trogon and bar-tailed trogon are both possible highlights for visiting birders, whilst the range of starling species provide somewhat less gaudy interest.


The name Manyara comes from the Maasai word emanyara, the name "is a Masai description not for the lake, but in general for a lake shore region. Of the 127 square miles (329 km2) of Lake Manyara National Park, the lake's alkaline waters (with a pH near 9.5) cover approximately 89 square miles (231 km2), though the area and pH fluctuate widely with the seasons, and dry spells expose large areas of mud flats. While most known for baboons, the lake and its environs is also home to herbivores such as hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, buffalo, warthogs and giraffes. Giant fig trees and mahogany seen in the groundwater forest immediately around the park gates draw nourishment from the underground springs replenished continuously from crater highlands directly above the Manyara basin. Leading away from the forest to the fringes of Lake Manyara are the flood plains. To the south are visible the acacia woodlands. Leopards, although in abundance, are hard to get a glimpse of, just like the other elusive carnivores - lions - of this park.

With an entrance gate that doubles as an exit, the trail of Lake Manyara National Park is effectively a loop that can be traversed by jeep within a couple of hours that may be stretched to a few more at best, if driving slowly, to watch, observe and enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna. The Rift Valley escarpment forms a noteworthy landmark and provides a spectacular backdrop to Lake Manyara.



Game viewing in Arusha NP is more low-key than in the other parks in Northern Tanzania. Animals that are easily seen include buffalo, giraffe and several antelope species. More exciting are the black-and-white colobus monkeys that live in the forest, and the large number of bird species. Several lakes often host flocks of flamingos. 


The park's appeal is mainly its scenery. The habitat diversity spans from montane rainforest to moist savannah to alpine moorland. The most prominent landmark is Mount Meru. Other highlights are a massive extinct volcano and several scenic lakes, with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background on a clear day.

Best things to see in Arusha National Park | do in Arusha National Park

Ngurdoto Crater

This swampy crater is inhabited by a large variety of animals and is a popular stop for game drives. Visitors can expect to see the Cape Buffalo, elephants, monkeys, baboons, warthogs, and a number of different antelope species here. The crater is surrounded by the Ngurdoto Forest, a shady expanse that is home to playful black and white colobus monkeys.

Ngurdoto Museum

Overlooking the Ngurdoto Forest with its population of black and white colobus monkeys, the Ngurdoto Museum houses an impressive collection of examples of the various animals, birds, and insects that can be found within the park.

Tululusia Hill

A former lookout point during tribal wars from Tanzania’s post, Tululusia Hill is today a popular hiking and camping area that affords visitors an excellent view of the lower reaches of the Arusha National Park as well as Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.

Wildlife Diversity

Due to the varied landscapes that exist within the park, there is an unusually high level of diversity when it comes to wildlife. Not only is the park home to Africa’s largest giraffe population, but visitors can also expect to see water bucks, cape buffalo, elephants, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, turacos, trogons, and even the occasional lion or leopard in the right conditions.

Mount Meru

Africa’s fifth highest mountain cuts a striking figure at 4,566m (14,990 feet). While Kilimanjaro is often shy and hides behind clouds, Mt. Meru is generally visible throughout the year. An active volcano, Mt. Meru is also a popular climbing destination for visitors to Tanzania and a good introductory mountain for those wishing to climb Kilimanjaro.

The Momella Lakes

The Momella Lakes within Arusha National Park are a series of seven shallow lakes: Big Momella, Small Momella, Kusare, Lekandiro, Tulusia, Rishateni, and El Kekhotoito. Alkaline lakes with considerable algae growth, each of these  lakes is a different shade of green or blue. It is on Small Momella Lake that canoeing safaris are possible.

Lake Longil

The only freshwater lake in Arusha National Park, Lake Longil is a popular watering hole for buffaloes and water bucks.

Fig Tree Arch

A distinctive natural arch formed by a fig tree, this intriguing feature of the landscape has grown into an arch large enough for a car or an elephant to pass under.

WHERE TO STAY : Hotels | Lodges | Camps


Arusha National Park accommodation options are unlimited in terms of choice, Arusha, being the gateway to the northern safari circuit is littered with hotels and lodges. They are luxurious, comfortable, safe and offer a variety of fun activities for individuals, couples, families or groups travelling together. If you have any questions about accommodation in Arusha, simply contact us and let one of our safari experts help you find the ideal place to stay.

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Kibo Palace Hotel

Mount Meru Hotel

Arusha Outpost Lodge

Rivertrees Country Inn

African Tulip Hotel


Arusha National Park's climate is normally pleasant and mild. The Dry season is from June to September and there are two Wet seasons: The 'long rains' (March to May) and the 'short rains' (October to November). The rainy season consists of afternoon thundershowers but it would be rare for it to rain all day. Arusha NP incorporates Mount Meru and the area at the base of the mountain and tends to get slightly more rain and clouds.

Average yearly temperatures are consistent: cool to cold at night and in the early morning, while rarely getting hot during the day. It is important to pack warm clothing for use in the evenings and game drives in the early morning.

Best time to go:

June to September (Animals are easier to spot)

High Season:

Most of the year - July to March (The park never gets too crowded)

Low Season:

April and May

Best Weather:

June to October (Little rainfall)

Worst Weather:

March and April (Peak of Wet season)

Did you know....

FUN FACTS :- Mount Meru, a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4566 m | The park was established in 1960 | The Ngurdoto Crater is estimated to be 15 millions years old | The seven momella lakes were born after mount Meru’s last eruption



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