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Arusha National Park is located in Northeastern Tanzania, in the Arusha region. The park is well known for the varying landscapes each as spectacular as the next. The most popular of these features are Mount Meru and the alkaline Momella lakes.

Apart from its small size, Arusha National Park offers great opportunities for game viewing for animals such as giraffes, flamingos, zebras, and blue monkeys among others. The populations of the big predators are significantly less than what you would find in Serengeti or the nearby Ngorongoro Conservation Area.


While in Arusha National Park, you will be able to take part and enjoy any of these activities.

  • Wildlife game drives
  • Birdwatching
  • Guided Walking game viewing
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing Mount Meru

When To Visit

Arusha National Park can be visited at any time of the year. The dry summer months are a favourite time for most visitors because it is easier to find many animals near the water.

If you intend to climb Mount Meru, you should remember to plan properly as the mountain climate changes with altitude.

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Getting There

Arusha National Park is among the easier game parks to get to in the whole of East Africa. It is located 25 kilometres from Arusha and 35 kilometres from Kilimanjaro International Airport. One could easily jog and reach there in a short while.

As you choose your flights, you should make sure to land at Kilimanjaro International airport - such that you will easily go to Arusha without any further stops.

Where To Stay

There are plenty of accommodation options for you when visiting Arusha National Park. You will find several luxury, mid-range and budget options to suit your needs. You will also find many flexible options for camping.

You can also choose to stay 15 minutes away in Arusha Town and enjoy the city nightlife before your wild safari the next day.