Day trip to Arusha Park

Trip Description

Arusha National Park is a remarkable gem located in northern Tanzania, just a short drive away from the bustling town of Arusha. A day trip to this national park offers a diverse range of experiences and showcases the beauty of the region’s wildlife and landscapes.

The adventure begins early in the morning as you set off from Arusha. Upon entering the park, you’ll be greeted by the stunning sight of Mount Meru, the majestic dormant volcano that dominates the park’s skyline. The first stop is the Momella Gate, where you’ll complete the necessary paperwork and meet your experienced guide.

As you venture deeper into the park, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of open grasslands, lush montane forests, and sparkling lakes. The first highlight of the day is the Momella Lakes, a series of shallow alkaline lakes that shimmer with hues of green and blue. The lakes are home to a wide variety of water birds, including flamingos, herons, and pelicans. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture these graceful creatures in their natural habitat.

Continuing the journey, you’ll enter the montane forest, where a different world awaits. Your guide will point out various species of primates, such as the black-and-white colobus monkeys and the playful vervet monkeys, swinging through the treetops. Keep an eye out for the vibrant birdlife, including the colorful turacos and trogons.

Next, you’ll embark on a thrilling game drive through the park’s grassy plains. Arusha National Park is home to a rich array of wildlife, including giraffes, zebras, buffalos, and warthogs. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a shy leopard or a lounging lion hidden among the acacia trees.

One of the highlights of the day is a visit to the Ngurdoto Crater, often referred to as the “Little Ngorongoro.” This magnificent caldera offers stunning views from its rim, and you’ll have the opportunity to take a short hike down to the crater floor. The lush vegetation, dotted with herds of grazing animals, creates a picturesque scene that will leave you in awe.

After a fulfilling morning of exploration, it’s time to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch in a designated picnic area within the park. Here, you can savor a delicious meal while surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.

In the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to take a walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger. This unique experience allows you to get even closer to the park’s wildlife and appreciate the smaller details of the ecosystem. Your guide will share fascinating insights about the flora and fauna, as well as the park’s conservation efforts.

As the day draws to a close, you’ll make your way back to the Momella Gate, bidding farewell to Arusha National Park. The memories of the diverse landscapes, incredible wildlife sightings, and the peacefulness of the natural surroundings will stay with you long after you leave.

A day trip to Arusha National Park is a perfect introduction to Tanzania’s natural wonders, offering an unforgettable experience filled with adventure, beauty, and a deeper appreciation for the country’s incredible biodiversity.

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Discover the natural wonders of Arusha National Park in Tanzania. From the majestic Mount Meru to the tranquil Momella Lakes, this compact park offers diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife. Embark on a day trip filled with game drives, birdwatching, and walking safaris. Marvel at the vibrant flamingos, playful monkeys, and grazing giraffes. Explore the Ngurdoto Crater and immerse yourself in the park's rich biodiversity. With breathtaking vistas and memorable encounters, Arusha National Park is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.


  • Pick up Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to lodge/hotel
  • Transfer lodge/hotel to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Private guide speaking fluently English
  • Private cook speaking fluently English
  • Park Fees for National park
  • Porters who carry your luggage
  • High-quality tents
  • Chairs and tables for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Dinner-tent
  • Rescue fee
  • Portable toilet
  • International flight tickets and tourist visa
  • Accommodation on the day of arrival and departure
  • Insurances (travel, flying doctors, etc)

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