Green gem with breathtaking views
- surface552 km2
- best travel season all-year round
- spring rain season around April
- fall rain season around November
About Arusha National Park
The main attractions of this park are the ancient fig trees, crystal clear water in flowing mountain streams and a chance to spot colobus monkeys.
The park is not big, but has remarkable sights: the Ngurdoto crater, rain forests, acacia forests, crater lakes and of course Mount Meru.
Landscape in Arusha National Park
The green Arusha National Park is one of the most gorgeous and geologically varied protected areas of Tanzania. The park is dominated by Mount Meru, shaped in an almost perfect volcanic cone with a spectacular crater.
Arusha National Park also houses the Ngurdoto Crater, a marshy area, also called “little Ngorongoro“.
Despite the small area of the park, it has a variety of landscapes. Beautiful green forests cover the slopes of Mount Meru and Ngurdoto crater and you find a green savannah landscape in the lower areas. The shallow alkaline Momella lakes in the northeast have different algae colours and are known for their migrating water birds.
Arusha National Park is located on a 300 kilometer long axis of Africa’s most famous national parks, from the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in the west to the Kilimanjaro National Park in the east.
The park is only a few kilometers northeast of Arusha city.
Climate and season in Arusha National Park
The climate in Arusha National Park is usually pleasant and mild. Dry season is from June to September and there are two green seasons, March to May (long rains) and November to December (short rains).
The average annual temperatures are consistent: cool at night and rarely hot during the day.
June to October
The afternoon temperatures are around 19 degrees, with lots of sunny weather and clear skies. The night temperature is cool and around 9 degrees. Occasionally, it can be close to freezing.
The temperatures in the green seasons are mild and comparable to dry season. The temperatures are usually around 23 degrees during the day and around 11 degrees at night.
November and December
A 30-day period with the chance of short rains in the afternoon. The temperatures are around 22 degrees during the day and around 11 degrees in the evening and early morning.
January and February
This is a dry period between the rains.
March to May
The wettest months. It rains on most days, but rarely all day long. Clouds are common. The temperatures are around 21 degrees during the day and 12 degrees at night. Crouches occur in April and May.
1. Mount Meru is 4,566 meters high and has amazing wooded slopes.
2. Mount Meru is the second highest peak in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro, which is only 60 km away and forms a wonderful background when looking east.
3. Arusha National Park is located just a few kilometers northeast of Arusha city, although the main gate is 25 hm east of it. At a distance of 58 km and 35 km are the city of Moshi and Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), respectively.
Arusha National Park has an inspiring landscape, inviting you to make amazing jeep safaris, beautiful hikes, meaningful treks and canoeing on Lake Momella. Besides, Arusha National Park is the starting point for climbing Mount Meru.
Animals in the area
The Arusha National Park is rather small, with significantly fewer animals than in the other northern parks. The park is famous for its black and white Colobus monkeys, the Mitis monkey and the diver.
Common animals include: giraffe, Cape buffalo, zebra, warthog, dik-dik, the black and white colobus monkey, the blue monkey, flamingos and many other bird species.
Dieren overzicht Arusha National Park
- Black and white colobus monkey
- Diver species
- Diverse bird species
- Monkey species
Stay in Arusha National Park
We’ve selected a number of charming properties in the park. But because Arusha National Park can also be visited as a day trip from Arusha city, you can decide to spend the night there.