Arusha National Park Safari
$180 per person
Arusha National Park Safari – 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. For those with only a day to spare, the one day safari is for you. There is no need to miss out on an authentic safari experience! This trip to Arusha National Park can be done before or after your Kilimanjaro climb. Just a short drive from Moshi or Arusha, the park is the ideal location for wildlife viewing on a day trip.
Our expert safari guide will accompany you throughout the adventure in our well-maintained Land Cruiser with a roof hatch for up-close game-viewing.
We depart from your lodge and drive to Arusha National Park, where we view the herds of buffalo in the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, the flamingos of the Momela Lakes, and the imposing peak of rugged Mount Meru. Arusha National park houses a variety of wildlife, including giraffe, zebra, colobus monkeys, leopards and hyenas, in the park’s small but bustling 53 square miles of natural habitats. Enjoy a picnic lunch while gazing at the rolling hills and wooded savannahs of this national treasure. At the end of the day, we return to your lodge in Moshi.
*No lodging is included with this safari
Departure Timemorning from Arusha
Return Timeafternoon to Arusha
Dress CodeComfortable casual, athletic and beach clothing, comfortable sneakers, shoes or sandals, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
IncludedAccommondation per Tour DescriptionArrival and Departure TransfersEmergency Evacuation by Flying DoctorGovernment Taxes, VAT and all relating service chargesMeals per Tour DescriptionPark FeesPersonal GuideRescue Fees
Not Included4x4 pop-up roof safari vehicleMeals not listedOptional ToursPersonal ExpensesTanzania VisaTips and Items of Personal Nature
Day 1: Arusha National Park
We depart from your lodge and drive to Arusha National Park. The park encompass the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, the shallow Momella Lakes and the prominent Mount Meru.
Though smaller than the other safari parks, you will not be disappointed by the amazing views. Your safari will the fall within the shadow of Mount Meru, Africa’s second highest peak. You can stand in our comfortable safari vehicle to put you right in the action of the surrounding wildlife.
Your journey will have you traversing the 53 mile park in search of all the animals that call the park home. Near the lake you can enjoy the herds of water buffalo and the endless waves of pink flamingos blanketing the shallow water. Arusha National park packs the animals into its 53 mile square park.
Animals such as giraffe, zebra, colobus monkeys, leopards and hyenas. Enjoy a picnic lunch while gazing at the rolling hills and wooded savannahs of this national treasure.
At the end of the day, we return to your lodge* in Moshi, Arusha or with prior arrangements we can drop you off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) if your flight is after 7:00 PM.
For those with only a day to spare, the one day safari is for you. There is no need to miss out on an authentic safari experience!
Arusha National Park (ANAPA) is a gem of varied ecosystems and spectacular views of Mt. Meru, the crater that gives the region its name.
It 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.