Arusha National Park: An insider tip for those with little time, a small budget and all tourists looking for a safari away from the crowds!

Facts Arusha National Park:

  • Founded in 1960 as Ngurdoto Crater National Park, today named after the neighboring town of Arusha
  • There is a wide range of hotels and lodges near the park
  • Size: 137 km2 = slightly smaller than Washington D.C.

Getting here from Arusha city: 

  • 30 km, so about half an hour by safari car

Best time to visit:

  • Possible all year round
  • For particularly great photos, we recommend a visit outside the rainy season between June and early March

Highlights Arusha National Park: 

  • Discover the cute black and white colobus monkeys for which the park is famous
  • Catch a completely different perspective of the animals on your walking safari with a park ranger
  • Take a great souvenir photo while driving through the large fig tree
  • Enjoy the unique view of Mount Meru in the park

Arusha National Park is approximately the size of Washington D.C. and is one of the smaller parks on Tanzania tours. It is not as heavily frequented as other parks, making it an insider tip for undisturbed game viewing and photography. The name of the park naturally comes from the town of Arusha, which is only 30 km away. Arusha National Park is home to Mount Meru, the second highest mountain in Tanzania with a height of 4,566 meters, which you can climb alongside Kilimanjaro during your safari vacation. While you can admire Mount Meru in one direction on a Tanzania safari in the park, it is possible to see its big brother Kilimanjaro in the other direction on a clear day. Together with the so-called Little Serengeti, the Momella Lakes, which you can explore by canoe and the Ngurdoto Crater, the park offers impressive scenery. Due to the manageable size of Arusha National Park, you can experience the wildlife in a different way on a guided hike. The park is home to giraffes, buffaloes, warthogs, zebras, flamingos, bushbucks and other antelopes as well as the rare and cute black and white colobus monkeys. While the landscape is very diverse with open plains, forests and waterfalls, another highlight is the drive through the huge fig tree by safari car, including a souvenir photo. A well-known lodge located within the national park is Hatari Lodge, which was named after the 1962 film of the same name that was shot nearby.