Arusha National Park

Giraffe at Arusha National Park

Photo by Kimble Barker

Description: Often over-looked by visitors, Arusha National Park has incredible volcanic scenery, wonderful views of Mt Kilimanjaro (on clear days), a beautiful rain forest and plenty of wildlife. The main features are Ngurdoto Crater and the Momella Lakes. The Momella Lakes attract a wide variety of birds, particularly flamingos. Guests sometimes enjoy this park just as much as the Serengeti. Its close proximity to Arusha usually means that it gets put first on a Northern Parks itinerary.

Location: Northern circuit, 40 minutes outside Arusha on the way to Moshi

Things 2 Do: Game-Drives, Forest Walks, Canoeing, Mt. Meru Climb

Time: Usually 1 full day but 2 days if hiking and canoeing. Day trip from Arusha is possible.

Animals: Abundant: Zebras, Giraffes, Waterbucks, Reedbucks, Klipspringers, Hippos, Buffaloes, Hyenas, Mongooses, Dik Diks, Warthogs, Baboons and Vervet and Colobus Monkeys. Perhaps Elephants and Leopards, but no Lions or Rhinos.


For accommodations in the Kilimanjaro/Moshi area click here.

A2T Camping (public campsites)
Forest Hill Carnival Hotel
Outpost Lodge
Pamoja Expeditions Lodge
Tumaini Cottage
Venus Premier Hotel

Ahadi Lodge
Ilboru Safari Lodge
Karama Lodge
Kibo Palace
Mount Meru Game Lodge and Sanctuary
Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
Planet Lodge – Arusha
Planet Lodge – Airport Location
Zawadi House

African Tulip
Arumeru River Lodge
Dik Dik Hotel
Four Points by Sheraton – The Arusha Hotel
Gran Melia Arusha
Moivaro KIA Lodge
Kigongoni Lodge
Makoa Farm
Mount Meru Hotel
Ngurdoto Lodge
Kahawa House 
Rivertrees Country Inn

Arusha Coffee Lodge
Arusha Safari Lodge
Arusha Serena Hotel
Hamerkop House by Lemala
Hatari Lodge
Kambi ya Tembo (West Kilimanjaro)
Lake Duluti Lodge
Ndarakwai Ranch (West Kilimanjaro)
Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge
Onsea House


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