Arusha National Park

Northern Circuit

Arusha National Park Tours

This national park, stationed in the northeastern region of Tanzania, is located an easy drive from the center of Arusha, making it a popular stop for travelers to this beautiful and diverse city. Despite its relatively small size, Arusha National Park offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore some of East Africa’s diverse environments, as well as gain access to many of the continent’s most famous mammals.

Visitors can explore the Meru Crater funnels in the Jekukumia River, hike to the apex of Mount Meru and enjoy breathtaking views, or embark on a wildlife adventure to grasslands of the Ngorongoro Crater. Though travelers won’t find the same number of animals in Arusha National Park as some of Tanzania’s bigger reserves, they’ll still get a taste of what makes this one of the country’s most popular destinations.

Attractiveness of Arusha National Park

The park may be lion free, but plenty of wild buffalo, giraffe, zebra and monkeys roam the land, as well as an impressive number of indigenous birds.

The park’s three most significant features include:

  • Mount Meru (Tanzania’s second highest peak at 4566m and is Africa’s fifth highest mountain. This active volcano is a beautiful sight to behold)
  • Momela Lakes, This collection of seven shallow lakes entices all sorts of wildlife to bask in the alkaline waters. You’ll see waterbucks, dik-diks, zebras, giraffes, and birds galore hanging out at the lakes
  • Wide Ngurdoto Crater, which was formed about fifteen million years ago.


Arusha National Park is home to Mount Meru, the second highest mountain in Tanzania. The park is located northeast of Arusha and less than 60 kilometers from Moshi.