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ABOUT ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

Arusha National Park Overview

Arusha National Park which is the home to the fourth highest mountain in Africa – Mount Meru (4,566 m) is often described as the green jewel of Africa. Anyone visiting this park will be thrilled by the overwhelming landscapes.

The park includes various natural structures like the Momela Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater, and the lush highland forests that blanket its lower slopes which the visitors enjoy watching. Game viewing around the Momela Lakes is another serene and quiet experience that will make your Tanzania Safari Tours memorable.

Arusha National Park Location

Arusha National Park Location is well placed in the Arusha Region of northern Tanzania which lies on the Kenyan border, encompassing savannahs and part of the Great Rift Valley. The park ranges from the Meru Crater in the west, the Ngurdoto Crater in the southeast to the grasslands, and of course the alkaline Momella lakes in the northeast.

Arusha National Park is a notable destination and is the center of Maasai culture. Nature and wildlife preserves here include the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which contains the massive Ngorongoro Crater and more.

How To Get There At Arusha National Park

This magnificent National Park is only a 45-minute drive away from the town of Arusha, the starting point of any safari in northern Tanzania.The easiest way to get to Arusha is to get a direct flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport, which is situated about 46km from Arusha.
 
Otherwise, travelers can fly in to Julius Nyerere International Airport, near Dar es Salaam and get a connecting domestic flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport.

Arusha National Park Highlights

  1. This park is often unnoticed by visitors, concerned they will not see that much wildlife. It has some of the best activities compared to most of Tanzania’s Safari Tours. Have a look:

Arusha National Park Day Trip

This national park is the nearest one to Arusha city as it is only one hour drive. The park is an ideal place to spot zebras, warthogs, buffalo, and a variety of primates. Also, this park is the best place in Tanzania to spot black and white colobus monkeys.

Lake Manyara or Tarangire Day Trip

The twin parks Lake Manyara and Tarangire which are located between 1.5 and 2.5 hours from Arusha, this trip of Arusha National Park Safari offers a quintessential safari experience

Ngorongoro Day Trip

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is a four hours drive from Arusha offers the World-Heritage listed Ngorongoro Crater which is a must-visit.

  1. This park is often unnoticed by visitors, concerned they will not see that much wildlife. It has some of the best activities compared to most of Tanzania’s Safari Tours. Have a look:

Marangu Village Tour

In a day tour to Marangu, you will get a chance to visit a local coffee plantation, sample locally brewed banana beer, and enjoy the stunning neighboring waterfall

Maji Moto Hot Springs Day Trip

Maji Moto which is a roughly two-hour drive from Arusha is a trendy swimming spot with locals and tourists alike. The place which is shaded by the towering trees that surround the oasis is a great place to take a dip, layout in the sun, and enjoy a local lunch purchased from the vendors on-site

Kahawa Coffee Tour

In the village of Nkoaranga which is about 25 kilometres from Arusha the Kahawa coffee plantation is located. Get a chance to tour the plantation, roast grind and prepare your own special coffee, which would be the freshest coffee you would ever have tasted.

You can go through our Tanzania National Parks Guide which will help you to compare it with other National Parks and get many more ideas about Arusha National Park.

Arusha National Park Wildlife

The Arusha National Park Wildlife hosts some of the Big Five among which buffalo is mostly seen whereas lion and rhino are absent. The charismatic black-and-white colobus monkey is the flagship species.

The Arusha forests are home to species that are not often encountered in other parks in northern Tanzania, including black-and-white colobus and blue monkey. You can also spot a shy red duiker if you are lucky. Giraffes are very common in the area around the Momella lakes. Best time for visiting the Arusha National Park is throughout the year, but the Dry season from June to October is the best time for viewing the Arusha National Park Animals.

For more details about tips, FAQs, and things to do, go through our Tanzania Safari Tours section.

Arusha National Park Fees

The Arusha National Park Fees are dependent on your budget. Arusha National Park fees include camping fees per person ranging from US$ 10 to US$30 and meals in a local restaurant US$5-10. You can go through our Tanzania National Parks Guide which will help you compare the fees of other National Parks.

Arusha National Park Accommodation

The Arusha National Park Accommodation has a number of lodge facilities, both in and outside the national park premises.

  • Hatari lodge is one of the finest lodges in Arusha National Park. It is located in the northeastern of Arusha National Park. With awesome decor to suit to s stay at the lodge.
  • Other lodges are located within the city besides the Kia lodge near Kilimanjaro International Airport. The accommodation option in Arusha Town include Arusha coffee lodge, river trees country inn, Arusha Hotel, dik dik hotel, and Kibo palace hotel among others found outside the park.

Convinced about the trip yet? Get the best Tanzania Travel Advice just start planning for the most amazing trip of your life to Arusha National Park.

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