Arusha giraffe

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park

What can I do here?

  • Climb Mount Meru
  • Walking safari
  • Day trips
  • Bird watching

At a glance

Altitude 1,280m – 4,217m

Size 552 km²

When should I go? year round

Official website

This park is usually less busy than parks like Serengeti since it doesn’t offer a chance of seeing the Big Five but it is still beautiful and it has many great birdwatching opportunities. It is great for climbing and it is amazing if you want to be somewhere with smaller crowds but amazing scenery. You can see Ngurdoto Crater, which is also known as Little Ngorongoro.

The park is known more for its scenery than its animals. However, you can easily spot buffalos, giraffes, antelopes, flamingos, black and white columbus monkeys as well as a vast number of different bird species. You might also see zebras, giraffes, waterbucks, bushbucks, klipspringers, dik-diks, buffaloes and hippos. There also elephants, red duikers and leopards, which are rarer. You can’t see any lions or rhinos.

The scenery and landscape is what most people visit Arusha for. There are forests, dense vegetation, open grasslands, mountain rainforests, alpine moorlands and moist savannahs. Some popular aspects of Arusha are the wonderful lakes, the breath-taking views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the colossal extinct volcano. The greenery and mountain hiking trails vary perfectly to create an amazing environment.

Arusha is a perfect place to visit if you’re interested in birdwatching. Around 400 different bird species live here, and the bird population significantly increases during the migration season. At higher altitudes, you can also see a variety of raptors. The shallow, alkaline lakes attract many birds. In Arusha, you can see birds such as turacos, trogons, Augur buzzards and Verreaux’s eagles.

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