National Park

Nestled in the shadow of Africa’s fifth tallest mountain, Mount Meru, the park offers a microcosm of Tanzania’s ecosystems, from the slopes of the mountain to the alkaline waters of Momella Lakes teeming with birdlife.
About Arusha National Park

A crown jewel nestled beneath the gaze of Africa’s fifth tallest mountain, Mount Meru, Arusha National Park offers a diverse and captivating safari experience within a relatively compact area.

Unlike Tanzania’s sprawling giants, Arusha National Park boasts a microcosm of the country’s ecosystems packed into its 552 square kilometers. Imagine verdant slopes of Mount Meru teeming with colobus monkeys giving way to the alkaline waters of Momella Lakes, a haven for a dazzling array of birdlife including pink flamingos.

This scenic splendor extends further with pockets of acacia woodland and black and white swamps, creating a photographer’s paradise.

Arusha National Park isn’t just a feast for the eyes; it’s a wildlife haven. Animal lovers will be enthralled by the park’s abundant inhabitants. Keep an eye out for graceful giraffes and zebras grazing on the savanna, or spot a powerful buffalo wallowing in the mud.

While sightings of predators like lions and leopards are less frequent due to the park’s proximity to Arusha city, a glimpse of these magnificent creatures is always a thrilling possibility. Arusha National Park offers a unique advantage – its accessibility. Located just a short drive from Arusha, it’s a perfect destination for a day trip or a relaxing add-on to a longer northern circuit safari.


Similar to other Tanzanian parks, the dry season (June – October) offers optimal conditions for spotting animals. Reduced rainfall concentrates wildlife around permanent water sources like Momella Lakes, making them easier to find. Thinned-out vegetation provides clearer views, and drier roads ensure smoother travel during your safari.

Here are some of the best things to do in Arusha National Park:

Go on a game drive. Explore the park on game drives to see a variety of wildlife including giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, warthogs, and sometimes leopards and elephants.

Canoeing on Momella Lakes. Enjoy a peaceful canoeing experience on the Momella Lakes, where you can spot hippos, water birds, and other wildlife along the shores.

Walking Safaris. Take guided walking safaris to get closer to nature and learn about the park’s flora and fauna from experienced guides.

Mount Meru Trekking. Embark on a hike up Mount Meru, the second highest peak in Tanzania, for stunning views and a challenging trekking experience.

Birdwatching. Arusha National Park is home to over 400 bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.

Ngurudoto Crater Exploration. Visit Ngurdoto Crater, a volcanic crater with lush vegetation and a variety of wildlife, ideal for hiking and scenic views.

Fun facts about Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is dominated by Mount Meru, the second highest peak in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro.
Arusha National Park is known for its populations of black-and-white colobus monkeys.
The park features Ngurdoto Crater, a small but scenic volcanic crater with lush vegetation, which can be explored on foot.
The park is conveniently located near Arusha town, making it easily accessible for day trips or short visits.