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Arusha National Park was described by Sir Julian Huxley as “a gem amongst parks”, a rich tapestry of habitats, teeming with animals and birds. From the lush swamps of the Ngurdoto Crater to the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes and rocky alpine heights of Mount Meru, the terrain of the park is varied as it is interesting. On clear days magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen from almost any part of the park.


137 sq km (53 sq miles).


Northern Tanzania, northeast of Arusha town.

Getting Their

An easy 40-minute drive from Arusha. Approximately 60 km (35 miles) from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lakes, forest and Ngurdoto Crater can all be visited in the course of a half-day outing at the beginning or end of an extended northern safari.

What to do in Arusha Park

Forest walks, fantastic wildlife viewing, numerous picnic sites; three- or four-day Mt Meru climb - good acclimatisation for Kilimanjaro.

Best time to visit Arusha Park

  • To climb Mt Meru, June-February although it may rain in November.
  • Best views of Kilimanjaro December-February.

Accommodation at Arusha Park

A lodge, two rest houses, camp sites, two mountain huts inside the park; two lodges at Usa River outside the park and many hotels and hostels in Arusha town.