Arusha National Park is a small (137 sq km) but beautiful park close to the famous ‘safari town’ of Arusha (29 km) and Kilimanjaro International Airport which makes it ideal for day safaris.
Arusha National Park is small yet beautiful. Close to both the famous ‘safari town’ of Arusha (29 km) and Kilimanjaro International Airport, it is ideal for day safaris. With an abundance of wildlife for a park of this size, Arusha offers the opportunity to explore a large diversity of habitats and invites visitors to enjoy the tranquility of its multi-coloured lakes.
The best time to visit:
June to October (dry season)
+ Sightings of wildlife more likely in the shorter grass and around watering holes
+ Beautiful, sunny days with very little rain
+ Fewer mosquitoes result in lower risk of malaria
- Mornings and nights can be cold
November to May (wet season)
+ Luscious green landscapes
+ Clear views of Kilimanjaro and Meru more likely from December to February
+ April and May is low season, the region is much quieter during this period
+ Arusha National Park offers unrivalled wildlife viewing opportunities all year round
+ Excellent time of year for birdwatchers due to the presence of migratory birds
- Roads more difficult to navigate during the wet season
- Peak wet season is March to May with heavy downpours frequent
At a glance
- The rugged peaks of Mount Meru (Tanzania’s second highest peak after Kilimanjaro) make climbing in Arusha one of Africa’s most rewarding adventures. Meet multiple species of birds and monkeys on your climb to the summit. - Uninterrupted views across the savannah after one side of Mount Meru was blasted away 8,000 years ago.
- Multi-coloured waters at the unique Momella Lakes, a popular spot for flamingos too.
- The Ngurdoto Crater, a 2 – 3 million year old mountain form, which provides a natural sanctuary to many of Africa’s wild animals, including elephants, buffaloes, monkey and baboon species and a number of rare birds.