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Park Overview

Arusha National Park is a small charming park, located in the northeast of Tanzania. It is near the city of Arusha and provides great views of the Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is a scenic and diverse park which offers a wide range of animal and plant species.  And it also has a rich diversity of landscapes. From lakes, waterfalls and swamps to volcanos, mountains and tropical rainforest – the ideal reserve for all kind of animals.

The swamps, rainforest and lakes attract many beautiful birds including silvery-cheeked hornbill and thousands of pink-hued flamingos. This park is also the only place in northern Tanzania where you can easily spot the black-and-white colobus monkey.


Mount Meru

Mount Meru is located within Arusha National Park. This dormant volcano is Tanzania’s second highest mountain at a height of 4,566 meters (14,990 feet). It is a beautiful, but challenging mountain to climb.

The panorama views from the summit over the steppes of the park, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Momella Lakes are spectacular. A day hike on Mount Meru gives you another perspektive and offers a nice change. We also organise climbs to the peak…

Canoeing on the lake or walking safari

One of the popular safari activities in Arusha national park is a canoe or walking safari with an armed ranger. The Momella lakes in the northeast for example offer a large variety of animals.

They are in an open landscape and are home to hippos and all kinds of birds. Countless bucks and buffalo can be seen near the lakes. A great change to enjoy wildlife up close, from a different perspective than sitting in a safari vehicle. Absolutely a memorable safari experience!

Arusha town is about 45 minutes away from Arusha National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro is about 50 km (31 miles) away

Arusha National Park facts

  • Mount Meru, second highest mountain in Tanzania, located in the heart of Arusha National Park.
  • Momella Lakes: seven shallow alkaline lakes.
  • Ngurdoto Crater: swampy crater inhabited by large variety of animals.
  • Stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro on clear days.
  • Beautiful volcanic scenery and rain forest.
  • Giant fig tree forms arch across the road, large enough to drive a car through.

Animals to See

  • Buffalo
  • Giraffe
  • Zebra
  • More than 400 bird species including flamingos.
  • Monkeys: black-and-white colobus monkey, vervet monkey, blue Monkey, baboons
  • Hippo
  • Waterbuck
  • Bushbuck
  • Warthog

Excursions and activities in Arusha National Park

  • Walking safari
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing Mount Meru
  • Visit Coffee Plantation
  • Cultural tour Arusha
  • Lake Duluti walk
  • Mountain bike tour (2, 3 or 5 hours)
  • Visit local marketPrices on request.
  • Horse Riding


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