Arusha National Park Day Safari

This “mountain park” is not far from the city of Arusha and although small, it has plenty to offer you on this day trip. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen as well as breath-taking scenery and landscapes. Mount Meru, Tanzania’s second highest peak is the centre point of the park and it overshadows the noticeably different coloured alkaline Momela Lakes. To the East of the park lies the fourteen-million-year-old and 2mile wide Ngurdoto Crater which you will also visit on this day of adventure.

Once you have entered the park's gates enjoy your guided safari keeping your eyes open for wildlife such as buffalo, elephant, hippo, giraffe, warthogs, antelope, zebra, blue monkeys, baboons, leopard and hyena if you are lucky. Marvel at the different terrains ranging from open savannah through to acacia scrublands to Afro-montane cloud and rainforest and Afro-alpine vegetation which is very similar to that on Mount Kilimanjaro. There is an incredible variety of fauna and flora that the park has to offer. If you prefer to do some walking during the day, this is completely possible as is a canoeing safari on the Momella lakes.

When you feel that you need a break, stop somewhere scenic amongst the wildlife and enjoy your picnic lunch inside the park. In the late afternoon, once you have had your fill, depart the park and head back to your accommodation in Arusha.


  • Opportunities for walking and canoeing

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When people think of Tanzania, they think of the Serengeti National Park, they think of David Attenborough narrating over a stalking cheetah. Tanzania simply embodies safari. You can also visit the vibrant 'safari city', known as Arusha. I bought some beautiful, one-of-a-kind, hand-made glasses here, which were crafted by people with learning disabilities. This great social enterprise is known as Shanga, and you can visit here during your stay and learn how everything is made.

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