• Close up of an antelope in Arusha Safari Park

Arusha Safari Park

The flora and fauna in the Arusha National Park varies with the topography, which ranges from forest to swamp. The park consists of mountain areas combined with rainforests and lakes. It is a paradise for bird watchers.


is covering 137 sq km and lies between the peaks of Mountain Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru and ascends from 1500 meters at Momella to 4566 meters at the summit of Mount Meru. Established in 1960 the park had contained only Ngurdoto Crater and Momella lakes, until 1967 when Mt. Meru was made part of the Park.
The flora and fauna varies with the topography, which ranges from forest to swamp. The best time for visiting is during the dry season from July-March. The best months to climb Mount Meru are June-February (although there are some rains in November). On clear days magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru can be seen from almost any part of the park. The best views of Mt. Kilimanjaro are from December to February.


The Park is only 25 kilometers East of Arusha, 58 kilometers from Moshi and 35 kilometers from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). It is the nearest National Park to both Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport and is thereby and easy day trip. From the main road between Arusha and Moshi it is about 10 kilometers to reach Ngurdoto Gate.


The Park contains a diverse resident population of herbivores, primates and predators including black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, leopards, hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs and a wide range of antelope species. No lions in the park although you can see leopards if you are lucky. Arusha Safari Park is famous for its 400 species of bird life, both migrant and resident such as red sharks, hamerkops, spurwinged gooses, herons, woodpeckers, grey parrots, secretary birds and many more. The Momela Lakes offer plenty of bird watching opportunities.

Mount Meru

If you wish to walk on the slopes of Mount Meru  or even climb to the top (Socialist Peak, 4566 m) you will pass through a variety of landscapes, plains, forest moorlands, and a lava desert. It is compulsory to be accompanied by an armed game warden because the wild animals. From the summit of Mount Meru you will have an impressive view of the crater and of the eruption cone 3000 meters below .

A small colorful bird sitting on a thorn tree in Arusha National Park
A Baboon ponders the meaning of life in Arusha Park

Arusha Safari Park Map

Arusha Safari Park Map

Optional activities

  • The famous walking Safari with an armed ranger
  • 4 days summit of Mount Meru (4566m)
  • Cultural city tour of Arusha
  • Visit of a nearby coffee plantation
  • Visit Lake Duluti and rent a small boat
  • Mountain bike tour
  • Visit to the central market and/or a curio shop in Arusha

National Park Facts

Area: 2.850 km²

Travel: 20 km from Arusha

Established: 1960

Visitors: 67.000 / year

Official Homepage: https://www.tanzaniaparks.go.tz/

Animals to see

  • Zebra
  • Black and white colobus monkey
  • Birds (flamingos 150+ other species)
  • Hippos
  • Buffalo
  • Giraffe
  • Waterbucks
  • Warthogs

Travel Times Arusha National Park

Arusha Park -> Arusha city: ~1h drive
Arusha Park -> Tarangire: ~3h drive
Arusha Park -> Lake Manyara ~2,5h drive
Arusha Park -> Serengeti: ~6h drive

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