About Arusha National Park

Established in 1960, one of the beautiful and small parks at 137 sq km. Arusha National Park is very close to Arusha town, one hour’s drive from the town. It covers Mount Meru, the second-highest volcanic mountain in Tanzania with an elevation of 4566 meters above sea level. The park has different attractions like the Fig tree Arch, Lake Momela, Meru and Kilimanjaro viewpoint, Tululusia waterfalls, and Ngurdoto Crater. The Ndurguto Crater also called the Little Ngorongoro, is an exciting site with a swamp floor and a volcanic cone that renders it a lost-world feel, lying in the South-East.

The park consists of picturesque landscapes in three distinct areas. The shallow alkaline Momella Lakes in the North-East have varying algal colors and are known for their wading birds. In the West, the Meru Crater funnels the Jekukumia River with the peak of Mount Meru clinging to its rim. Arusha National park has a splendid variety of wildlife, some common animals including Zebra, the Black-and-White Colobus monkey, the Blue monkey, Cape Buffalo, Flamingo, Warthog, Lion, Elephant, and many more  African animals but the Leopards are rarely seen. You can also expect to see many forest bird species like Narina trogon and bar-tailed trogon.

There are three public campsites inside this park.  Public Camp number one, Public Camp number two, and Public Camp number three. Expect to see some animals around the campsite, the commonly seen animals are Dik-Diks, Monkeys, Rodents, birds and sometimes Buffaloes can be seen. All the camps are safe from dangerous wild animals.

Attractions

Some of the attractions inside Arusha National Park

Mount Meru

Mount Meru (4566m) is one of Africa’s most beautiful volcanoes, it is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro it is also the fifth-highest in Africa. Mount Meru is located in Arusha National Park, In order to climb Mount Meru, you must get inside Arusha National Park where you meet rangers who will escort you to the last camp and way down back to the park gate. The trekkers of this mountain will get the opportunity to see different wildlife as well as enjoy nature.

Buffalo Glade

Buffalo Glade or “uwanja wa mbogo” in Swahili is a large natural glade consisting of bushes, marsh, and streams which are located approximately 500 meters west of Momela gate inside Arusha national park. This is a very important feeding ground for Buffalos, Giraffes, and Warthogs. It is also a popular path for walking safaris inside the National park. Visitors who walk to Mount Meru and Tululusia waterfalls pass through this amazing ground.

Lake Momela

It is an alkaline lake located inside Arusha National Park, made up of seven lakes, such as small Momela, big Momela, Tululusia, Lekandiro, Kusare, El Kekhotoito, and Rishateni.

Big Momela

This is the largest of several alkaline lakes that are located inside Arusha National Park with a minimum depth of and 10metres and a Maximum depth of 30m which supports microalgae.

Small Momela

This is one of the multitudes of alkaline lakes that are located within Arusha National Park. It is the second-largest after big Momela with a minimum depth of 4 meters and a maximum depth of 10metres.

Ngurudoto Crater

The Ngurdoto crater is one of the five beautiful volcanic calderas located inside Northern Tanzania in the Arusha region. With an approximate depth of 300 meters and a diameter of 3.2 km, its floor is suitable for walking safaris because it is too soft to drive on. Experience the beautiful rainforest and swamp while you enjoying to see wildlife such as Monkeys, DikDik, Elephants, and Buffaloes.

Tululusia Waterfalls

One of the attractions you can see in Arusha National Park is the Tululusia waterfalls. It is beautiful and the tall waterfalls are approximately 28 meters in height. The walking to the waterfalls starts from Momela gate and so, both waterfalls’ visitors and Mount Meru hikers share the same path.

Things to do

  • Walking Safaris: One of the best National Park for walking safaris with a scenic view.
  • Canoe: It is a good place to enjoy canoeing in the lake Momela.
  • Horse riding: Another adventure in style to experience nature, wildlife, and birdlife.
  • Game drive: This park is small but beautiful, you can do a half or full game drive.

When to visit

You can visit Arusha National Park at any time of the year but in the rainy season of March to late May, you might not be able to get the best view of Mount Meru due to clouds. Contact us if you have any questions. Asante!

Accommodations in Arusha

Tours & Safaris

Meet Elibariki,

Your Tanzania Safari Specialist.

(Call or WhatsApp)
+255 742 696 430

Meet Elibariki,

Your Tanzania Safari Specialist.

(Call or WhatsApp)
+255 742 696 430

Tanzania Travel Tips

Our team carefully researched and focused on trips which attract people with the same interest and naturally get on well with each other through their shared interests.

Once you confirm your booking on a tour you will be sent further practical information – packing tips, detailed itineraries, including advice on health, passport and visa requirements, and minimum and maximum numbers of guests on tours.

Memorable meals are one of the hallmarks of an excellent holiday. With the support of the best cooks, the quality of food and drink service is guaranteed. Depending on the service level or type of tour you have chosen, pre-discussion with your tour planner is a win-win situation for an enjoyable diet. Other tours are accompanied by our cook and others are inclusive service from our accommodation partners include hotels, private camps, and luxury lodges.

The answer is absolute yes! The areas where safaris are organized are safe and free of political chaos. We conduct safaris in places that are politically stable to assure our clients’ safety and enjoyment.

Our Professional Safari Guides are well trained about wild animal behaviors and they have enough experience to lead our clients in the wilderness. Our vehicles are 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rovers with a hutched roof to give maximum visibility of a game.

African safaris guarantee unlimited sightseeing; millions of animals, birds, and plant life are the core characters of the African savanna. You roam across the countryside in search of Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, Cape buffalo, and Leopards (the so-called “Big Five”). On any given day, you will encounter Blue Wildebeests, Zebras, a large variety of antelope species, Gazelles, Giraffes, Baboons, and Hippos. The birdlife is fantastic – in some areas, up to 400 bird species have been identified! Think of the majestic Baobab tree (some tribes believe that the tree was indeed planted upside-down!), and there are hundreds of varieties of thorn trees! You will also see the acacia-dotted landscape, endless plains, majestic mountains, and the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises one could ever imagine! Think of a late afternoon thunderstorm, short but violent, and then the beautiful rainbow.

Tanzania destinations are accessible throughout the year but we advise you to take your tours during the dry session for the safari so as you can enjoy the best sightings at this time as the grasses and bush are at their least dense. July to October and December through February. The green session includes March through June. Discuss with us for the best option if you have also a plan to coincides with Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park’

(We suggest you remember) insect repellent (the best way to prevent malaria and other insect-borne diseases), sunscreen, cap or hat, sunglasses, binoculars, detergent powder if you want to wash some clothes yourself, hand-wipes small flashlight, aspirin, diarrhea medicine, rain jacket, poncho, or collapsible umbrella, plastic bags (for wet clothes, swimsuit and for keeping dust away from camera equipment), Kleenex/toilet tissue a neck chain for eyeglasses if you take them off to use binoculars and cameras, any medical prescription you need, masking tape or labels for marking exposed films cans, film, extra camera batteries.

Although more than 200 languages and dialects are spoken throughout Africa, this presents no problem as English is spoken throughout East and Southern Africa. Apart from English, all our professional guides are multilingual so we get you covered.

African safaris guarantee unlimited sightseeing; millions of animals, birds, and plant life are the core characters of the African savanna. You roam across the countryside in search of Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, Cape buffalo, and Leopards (the so-called “Big Five”). On any given day, you will encounter Blue Wildebeests, Zebras, a large variety of antelope species, Gazelles, Giraffes, Baboons, and Hippos. The birdlife is fantastic – in some areas, up to 400 bird species have been identified! Think of the majestic Baobab tree (some tribes believe that the tree was indeed planted upside-down!), and there are hundreds of varieties of thorn trees! You will also see the acacia-dotted landscape, endless plains, majestic mountains, and the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises one could ever imagine! Think of a late afternoon thunderstorm, short but violent, and then the beautiful rainbow.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are determined to ensure that you experience the luxury of genuinely memorable travel. On every trip, we aim to create a ‘charmed space’ within which you can relax, absorb fresh insights, be stimulated and charmed by new encounters – and have fun!

Whether traveling alone or with friends, Blessing Safaris guests often mention how particularly agreeable they find their traveling companions. our groups are deliberately small, comprising 2 to 7 guests especially for safari.

Our team carefully researched and focused on trips which attract people with the same interest and naturally get on well with each other through their shared interests.

Once you confirm your booking on a tour you will be sent further practical information – packing tips, detailed itineraries, including advice on health, passport and visa requirements, and minimum and maximum numbers of guests on tours.

Memorable meals are one of the hallmarks of an excellent holiday. With the support of the best cooks, the quality of food and drink service is guaranteed. Depending on the service level or type of tour you have chosen, pre-discussion with your tour planner is a win-win situation for an enjoyable diet. Other tours are accompanied by our cook and others are inclusive service from our accommodation partners include hotels, private camps, and luxury lodges

Help us to help you by organizing even better tours, and save money. If you contact us in advance you will save a big deal in terms of price as you have the best time for negotiation and customization of the tour with a safari planner and save more.

Why not? , We offer private tours whether you’re alone or with family and friends celebrating a special anniversary or planning a reunion of family and friends you can discuss with us. We can create a special itinerary away from traffic, travel in style with the itinerary specifically shaped to your requirements.

The answer is absolutely yes! The areas where safaris are organized are safe and free of political chaos. We conduct safaris in places that are politically stable to assure our clients’ safety and enjoyment.

Our Professional Safari Guides are well trained about wild animal behaviors and they have enough experience to lead our clients in the wilderness. Our vehicles are 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rovers with a hutched roof to give maximum visibility of a game.

African safaris guarantee unlimited sightseeing; millions of animals, birds, and plant life are the core characters of the African savanna. You roam across the countryside in search of Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, Cape buffalo, and Leopards (the so-called “Big Five”). On any given day, you will encounter Blue Wildebeests, Zebras, a large variety of antelope species, Gazelles, Giraffes, Baboons, and Hippos. The birdlife is fantastic – in some areas, up to 400 bird species have been identified! Think of the majestic Baobab tree (some tribes believe that the tree was indeed planted upside-down!), and there are hundreds of varieties of thorn trees! You will also see the acacia-dotted landscape, endless plains, majestic mountains, and the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises one could ever imagine! Think of a late afternoon thunderstorm, short but violent, and then the beautiful rainbow.

This aspect is much overstated. You will rarely see a snake, but if you do, it will most likely be from the safety of your safari vehicle. Tents and lodges all have bug screens fitted to windows and doors. In most areas where bugs or mosquitoes are prevalent, rooms and tents are also equipped with mosquito nets, adding to the idealistic ambiance. Bear in mind that malaria is a threat in most wildlife areas, and it is necessary to consult your doctor for advice before embarking on your safari.

Tanzania destinations are accessible throughout the year but we advise you to take your tours during the dry session for the safari so as you can enjoy the best sightings at this time as the grasses and bush are at their least dense. July to October and December through February. The green session includes March through June. Discuss with us for the best option if you have also a plan to coincides with Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park

Note – the migration is a natural event and the timing varies month by month; year by year. A good thing is it won’t happen in one day it takes time to complete. And we update most of our clients once the migration starts, so if your great desire is to witness the migration communicate with us in advance so as we can try our best to assure your encounter. Please note that the vast majority of travelers do not witness the wildebeest crossing of the Mara as the timing and duration varies widely each year. The best probable months are July, August, September

Around the turn of the century (until the ’30s and ’40s), mobile tenting was the only option, and “camp as you go” was the standard practice. Over the years the luxury connected with the traditional mobile tenting safari has increased. By the same token, one can understand that the cost of having a “luxury hotel” following one around in Africa is expensive. However, most people settle for permanent tented camps. Because they are “permanent” they can be equipped with flush toilets and traditional bathroom fixtures and conveniences. Don’t be misled by terminology – a permanent tented camp offers the comfort of a 5-star hotel but with the romance and adventure of being surrounded by the sights and sounds of Africa.

(We suggest you remember) insect repellent (the best way to prevent malaria and other insect-borne diseases), sunscreen, cap or hat, sunglasses, binoculars, detergent powder if you want to wash some clothes yourself, hand-wipes small flashlight, aspirin, diarrhea medicine, rain jacket, poncho or collapsible umbrella, plastic bags (for wet clothes, swimsuit and for keeping dust away from camera equipment), Kleenex/toilet tissue a neck chain for eyeglasses if you take them off to use binoculars and cameras, any medical prescription you need, masking tape or labels for marking exposed films cans, film, extra camera batteries.

Although more than 200 languages and dialects are spoken throughout Africa, this presents no problem as English is spoken throughout East and Southern Africa. Apart from English, all our professional guides are multilingual so we get you covered