Welcome to Arusha National Park


At 552 sq km, it's a small park and, while there is wildlife here, it's nothing compared to that of other northern-circuit parks. But these minor details can be quickly forgotten when you're walking amid the soul-stirring scenery and exploring the meaningful trekking possibilities.


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$297 Day Trips & Excursions

Arusha National Park Guided Day Tour from Arusha

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Arusha National Park, Arusha National Park, Arusha RegionYour group with a minimum of 2 people can delight on an early morning pick-up from your accommodation to be at the gates of Arusha National Park by approximately 10:00 am. The drive to the park is short; coffee plantations and small towns with busy daily life keep you entertained for the 50 minutes it takes until you turn onto a gravel road and start ascending towards the park gate.Here, an armed ranger will join before setting out across open plains for your leisurely morning walking safari in the shadows of Mt Meru. Heading up the ascent route of Mt Meru gives an interesting perspective on viewing wildlife with great panoramics of the park below. Once back down at the gate, drive the short distance to Momella Lakes for a picnic lunch (additional cost of $10 USD). Here, you can take enjoy a canoeing safari (optional) on the lake or continue with afternoon game drives through the park at a relaxed pace. Late afternoon leave the park to head back to your accommodation.Duration: 8 hours

$670 Kid Friendly

Day Trip Game Drive- Arusha National Park from Arusha Town

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Arusha National Park, Arusha National Park, Arusha RegionArusha National Park (ANAPA) is a gem of varied ecosystems and spectacular views of Mt. Meru, the crater that gives the region its nameIt is a popular destination for day trip visitors who are about to embark from the town of Arusha on longer northern circuit safaris. The small national park includes the slopes, summit, and ash cone of Mt. Meru, the Momela Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater, and the lush highland forests that blanket its lower slopes. Game viewing around the Momela Lakes is at a laid-back and quiet pace, and while passing through the forest many visitors stop to search for troupes of rare colubus monkeys playing in the canopy.Climbing Mt. Meru or enjoying the smaller trails that criss-cross its lower slopes is a popular activity for visitors to Arusha National Park. The three-day trek to reach the crater’s summit is a quieter, and some say more challenging alternative than the famous peak of nearby Mount Kilimanjaro. Along the lower slopes, the paths to rivers and waterfalls create a relaxing day hike for visitors who don’t want to attempt the rather arduous climb. Ancient fig tree forests, crystal clear waters cascading from mountain streams, and a chance to spot colobus monkeys are the attractions and pleasures of Arusha National Park.The closest national park to Arusha town – northern Tanzania’s safari capital – Arusha National Park is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safari goers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats within a few hours.The entrance gate leads into shadowy montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colourful turacos and trogons – the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog.Further north, rolling grassy hills enclose the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes, each one having a different hue of green or blue. There are shallows sometimes tinged pink with thousands of flamingos. The lakes support a rich selection of resident and migrant waterfowl, and also shaggy waterbucks that display their large lyre-shaped horns on the watery fringes. Giraffes glide across the grassy hills, between grazing zebra herds, whilst pairs of wide-eyed dik-dik dart into scrubby bush like overgrown hares on spindly legs.Although elephants are uncommon in Arusha National Park, and lions are absent altogether, leopards and spotted hyenas may be seen slinking around in the early morning and late afternoon. It is also at dusk and dawn that the veil of cloud on the eastern horizon is most likely to clear, revealing the majestic snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, which is only 50km (30 miles) away.But it is Kilimanjaro’s unassuming cousin, Mount Meru – the fifth highest mountain in Africa at 4,566 metres (14,990 feet) – that dominates the park’s horizon. With its peaks and eastern foot slopes protected within the national park, Meru offers unparalleled views of its famous neighbour, while also forming a rewarding hiking destination in its own right.Passing first through wooded savannah where buffalos and giraffes are frequently encountered, the ascent of Meru leads into forests aflame with red-hot pokers and dripping with Spanish moss, before reaching highly open heath spiked with giant lobelias. Everlasting flowers cling to the alpine desert, as delicately-hoofed klipspringers mark the hike’s progress. Astride the craggy summit, Kilimanjaro stands unveiled, blushing in the sunrise.Duration: 6 hours

$550 Kid Friendly

3 Days Mount Meru trekking 2 night hotel stay

ItineraryDay 1: Arusha (1400m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)Stop At: Arusha National Park, Arusha National Park, Arusha RegionToday expects 5-7 hours of hiking. Early in the morning, you will be collected from your hotel in Arusha and after a scenic drive through the Arusha National Park you will reach the Momella gate. Once the formalities have been sorted out you will start from here. An armed park ranger will accompany you and right from the start you might spot giraffes and buffaloes as you walk through open grasslands. After approximately 2 hours you will reach the Maio Falls – the perfect spot to rest and have a picnic. Thereafter you will continue your trek to the well-known “fig tree arch”. After about another two hours your will arrive at the Miriakamba Hut in time for afternoon tea and snacks. The night will be spent at the Miriakamba Hut. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includesDuration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Saddle Hut (3500m)Stop At: Arusha National Park, Arusha National Park, Arusha RegionAfter breakfast, you will start 3-5 hours of hiking ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. You may see various wildlife along the way! The trail has views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at camp, you have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru -3820m with your guide to further acclimate. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Dinner includeDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Saddle Hut (3500m) – Summit Attempt (4566m) – Arusha (1400m)Stop At: Arusha National Park, Arusha National Park, Arusha Region“Big day” around 00:30 just after a small snack and some tea, you will leave the camp at night. Lighting the way with headlamps, you will follow the trail through bush land to Rhino Point – 3821m. From here the path becomes more challenging and occasionally climbing will be necessary. You will walk on volcanic ash, rocks and gravel, following the crater rim. After about 4 to 5 hours you should reach the summit, Socialist Peak. From here, you will experience the sun rising above Mt Kilimanjaro and enjoy the fantastic view of Mt Meru’s crater with its steep sides and the “ash cone” in the middle. The descent follows the same route back to Saddle Hut -3550 m where you will take a break and recuperate with hot soup and tea. Once refreshed, you will continue the descent leaving Miriakamba Hut -2500m back to Momela Gate – 1500. The descent followed a shorter route than the ascent but there is still a chance to see elephants, buffaloes, giraffes as well as the black and white colobus monkeys. At the gate, you will say farewell to your hiking crew and your driver will take you back to the Tulia Hotel and Spa –Arusha, where you will celebrate your achievement and overnight. The departure follows just after breakfast in the next morning.Our driver will be at your door to pick you to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your holiday by arranging for safari. Bed and Breakfast includesDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.

$160 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Arusha National Park Safari

Visit: Takims Holidays, Arusha, Arusha RegionPick up from your hotel in Arusha in the morning where you will be met by your guide.  Enjoy a drive from your hotel to the Arusha National Park.  You will spend the day in a private and 4x4 safari jeep customized for safaris and wildlife viewing. Your guide will make all the park fee payments at the gate and you will continue onwards to an enjoyable day exploring Arusha National Park including various sights, lakes and wildlife sightings.  Be prepared with your camera to photograph a wide variety of animals.  Some of the species that live in this park include zebra, giraffe, buffalo, warthog, monkeys, flamingo and various other birdlife.  Your guide will select a special area to stop for lunch.  After lunch you will continue with a game drive and thereafter return back to your hotel in Arusha. Inclusions: Pick up and drop off from your hotel, picnic lunch, park entrance fees, a private professional driver-guide,

$250 Day Trips & Excursions

DAY TRIP AT ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

In the morning you will be picking up from the Hotel, and you will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which the travel start to the Arusha national Park. This small but beautiful Tanzanian National Park is the closest national park to both the famous Arusha “safari town” (30 km) as well as the Moshi town (75km), thus making it ideal for 1-day safaris. Not only is the animal life in the park abundant, but it is also one of the most beautiful and topographically varied parks in Tanzania. The park’s three most significant features include the rugged Tanzania’s second highest peak (Mount Meru), the notably different coloured Momela Lakes, and the 3km wide Ngurdoto Crater, which was formed about fifteen million years ago! You will enjoy an exciting morning game drive, lunch at picnic and afternoon game drive, visiting both the Momela Lakes and the Ngurdoto Crater. Wildlife which could be seen includes African buffalos, elephants, hippos, giraffe, warthogs, antelopes, zebras, blue monkeys and sometimes a rare leopard or hyena. Late afternoon we depart for Arusha or Moshi where we will end our safari adventure.

$228 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Arusha National Park Day

Visit: African Expedia, Arusha, Arusha RegionAfter breakfast we depart Arusha City or Moshi Town at 8:00 am for the drive to Arusha National Park. Once you arrive, you’ll stretch your legs on an  out-of-this-world walking safari, accompanied by a ranger who will guide you through rainforest up to a sparkling waterfall where you’ll be able to spot black and white colobus monkeys going about their day. After a tasty lunch on the picnic site you’ll hop in the Land Cruiser for a game drive that will take you through a wider scope of the park, including the  Lakes of Momella  dotted with pin flamingoes and the Ngurduto Crater, and you’ll most likely spot  buffalo, waterbuck, giraffe, warthogs, zebra and gazelle as well as a host of different bird species. If you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of the shy leopard or elephant. Don’t forget your camera! After the drive, you’ll be driven back to ARusha City or Moshi Town.

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