Arusha National Park

"panoramic views from the rift valley to Mt Kili"

​Lying between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru , Arusha National Park is an outstandingly beautiful area. The park has a wide range of habitats, from the string of crater lakes where many water birds can be watched, through the highland montane forest and on up to the imposing summit of Mt Meru . The forests contain a wealth of birds and other animals, like the beautiful bushbuck easily glimpsed in the glades between the ancient cedar trees, or the black and white colobus monkeys climbing along their branches. The interesting geology of the area is reflected in the impressive view of the ash cone and cliff face leading to the summit of Mt Meru . Everywhere throughout the Park there are chances to observe the natural world at its own pace, to see different animals in their various habitats and absorb something of the serenity of the surroundings. Those who ascend the summit of the mountain will be regarded with unparalleled views of the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro and the Rift Valley.


Introduction
Arusha National Park is a relatively small park, covering an area of 137 sq. km, and lies near the town of Arusha. The town and the Park derive their name from the Warusha people who traditionally lived in this area. However the Park also overlaps into area where the Maasai lived and most of the place names in the Park are of Maasai origin.

Three distinct areas are to be found within Arusha National Park: Ngurudoto Crater, the Momela Lakes and the rugged Mt Meru . Altitudes range from 1500 m above sea level at Momela to over 4500 m at the summit of Mt Meru . The vegetation which occurs in the Park is correlated to the altitude and geology of the area. Ngurudoto Crater is surrounded by forest whilst the crater floor is a swampy area. The Momella Lakes, like many in the Rift Valley, are alkaline, and Mt Meru is a mixture of lush forests and bare rocks.

Associated with these different vegetation zones and places are different types of animals: migrating water birds settle on the lakes, waterbuck and reedbuck are found near water, while shy bushbuck and duikers keep to the forested areas. It is obviously impossible to say exactly where different species will be encountered but it is possible to build up a picture of the most likely species to be found in any area. Within this wide range of habitats almost 400 species of birds have been recorded in the Park. Some of these are migratory and present between October and April, others are permanently resident in the forests.


Enjoy animal encounters in your 4x4 safari vehicle and the spend your night camping in a light dome tent, with distant roars of lions and the laughs of hyenas, in designated campsites across the plains of northern Tanzania. A much closer to nature approach for the more adventurous and cost conscious travellers. A personal cook (who will accompany you in your vehicle) will freshly prepare all meals at your campsites.
Arusha Campsite



Budget lodge

Explore the Park in your 4x4 vehicle and reach budget lodges (usually outside of the National Parks) for your Dinner and overnights. A perfect choice for those on a tight budget who do not wish to sleep in a tent
Impala Hotel

Impala Hotel is located in Arusha town, adjacent to a quiet residential area in the suburbs of Arusha just 1km from the town center, and 45 minutes drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The hotel is set in a beautifully landscaped garden with a profusion of flowers and birds.
The hotel offers 160 rooms which include: 10 junior suites, 20 executive suites and 10 deluxe suites, all with en-suite bathrooms and 21 inch color TV. The rooms are spacious, well ventilated and are specially designed to make you comfortable. There is direct dial telephone facilities, interconnecting rooms and free Wifi.


Mid range lodge

Explore the Park in your 4x4 vehicle and reach mid-range (equivalent of 3*) properties for your Dinner and overnights. A perfect choice for those on a medium budget.
Momella Wildlife Lodge

Situated in the lower slopes within easy reach of Arusha National Park and its ecological wonders. The Lodge served as the temporary home of John Wayne and Hardy Krueger while filming the famous “Hatari” in 1960. From the Lodge, you can easily visit the Ngurudoto Crater, which is over 1 mile across. From the rim you can view the lodge, lakes and Rift Valley. Momella Wildlife Lodge offers 55 double rooms, a lounge, bar, pool and some entertainment at night.

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Hatari Lodge

Hatari Lodge consists of three buildings beautifully situated in acacia woodland with views onto the Momella swamp, rich with wildlife, and across to the majestic Kilimanjaro. Hatari-Lodge offers 9 extremely comfortably furnished rooms, each with an open fireplace and a spacious bathroom en suite. Each room has been lovingly decorated by Marlies in a retro style, evoking the 60’s and 70’s - the time of “Hatari!” and the beginning of safaris in Tanzania.
The oldest building serves as a large central living and dining room . Here you will find a cosy lounge area and bar with a veranda and viewing deck, as well as a library. The breakfast terrace, bordered by sweet smelling acacias, as well as the viewing platform onto the Momella swamps offers impressive views of Mt. Meru , Kilimanjaro and the wildlife from close by.
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KIA Lodge

Under 3 minutes drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport KIA lodge is centrally placed between the northern towns of Moshi and Arusha, KIA Lodge is ideally situated for a short drive to the airport.
KIA Lodge has 40 en-suite air conditioned rooms. Designed to compliment the setting, each cottage is built in traditional style using thatch and Tanzanian arts and crafts, such as Tinga tinga paintings and Makunde carvings, giving it a distinctly African feeling.
The swimming pool is spectacularly located on top of a hill affording a breathtaking 360 degree panoramic view of mount Kilimanjaro, mount Meru , the Maasai steppe and onwards the blue mountains.
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Mid High Range Lodge

Explore the Park in your 4x4 vehicle and reach mid-range (equivalent of 3*) properties for your Dinner and overnights. A perfect choice for those on a medium budget.
Momella Wildlife Lodge

Situated in the lower slopes within easy reach of Arusha National Park and its ecological wonders. The Lodge served as the temporary home of John Wayne and Hardy Krueger while filming the famous “Hatari” in 1960. From the Lodge, you can easily visit the Ngurudoto Crater, which is over 1 mile across. From the rim you can view the lodge, lakes and Rift Valley. Momella Wildlife Lodge offers 55 double rooms, a lounge, bar, pool and some entertainment at night.

Trip Advisor Reviews

Hatari Lodge

Hatari Lodge consists of three buildings beautifully situated in acacia woodland with views onto the Momella swamp, rich with wildlife, and across to the majestic Kilimanjaro. Hatari-Lodge offers 9 extremely comfortably furnished rooms, each with an open fireplace and a spacious bathroom en suite. Each room has been lovingly decorated by Marlies in a retro style, evoking the 60’s and 70’s - the time of “Hatari!” and the beginning of safaris in Tanzania.
The oldest building serves as a large central living and dining room . Here you will find a cosy lounge area and bar with a veranda and viewing deck, as well as a library. The breakfast terrace, bordered by sweet smelling acacias, as well as the viewing platform onto the Momella swamps offers impressive views of Mt. Meru , Kilimanjaro and the wildlife from close by.
Trip Advisor Reviews
KIA Lodge

Under 3 minutes drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport KIA lodge is centrally placed between the northern towns of Moshi and Arusha, KIA Lodge is ideally situated for a short drive to the airport.
KIA Lodge has 40 en-suite air conditioned rooms. Designed to compliment the setting, each cottage is built in traditional style using thatch and Tanzanian arts and crafts, such as Tinga tinga paintings and Makunde carvings, giving it a distinctly African feeling.
The swimming pool is spectacularly located on top of a hill affording a breathtaking 360 degree panoramic view of mount Kilimanjaro, mount Meru , the Maasai steppe and onwards the blue mountains.
Trip Advisor Reviews

High-Range Lodge

Explore the Park in your 4x4 vehicle and reach mid-range (equivalent of 3*) properties for your Dinner and overnights. A perfect choice for those on a medium budget.
Momella Wildlife Lodge

Situated in the lower slopes within easy reach of Arusha National Park and its ecological wonders. The Lodge served as the temporary home of John Wayne and Hardy Krueger while filming the famous “Hatari” in 1960. From the Lodge, you can easily visit the Ngurudoto Crater, which is over 1 mile across. From the rim you can view the lodge, lakes and Rift Valley. Momella Wildlife Lodge offers 55 double rooms, a lounge, bar, pool and some entertainment at night.

Trip Advisor Reviews

Hatari Lodge

Hatari Lodge consists of three buildings beautifully situated in acacia woodland with views onto the Momella swamp, rich with wildlife, and across to the majestic Kilimanjaro. Hatari-Lodge offers 9 extremely comfortably furnished rooms, each with an open fireplace and a spacious bathroom en suite. Each room has been lovingly decorated by Marlies in a retro style, evoking the 60’s and 70’s - the time of “Hatari!” and the beginning of safaris in Tanzania.
The oldest building serves as a large central living and dining room . Here you will find a cosy lounge area and bar with a veranda and viewing deck, as well as a library. The breakfast terrace, bordered by sweet smelling acacias, as well as the viewing platform onto the Momella swamps offers impressive views of Mt. Meru , Kilimanjaro and the wildlife from close by.
Trip Advisor Reviews
KIA Lodge

Under 3 minutes drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport KIA lodge is centrally placed between the northern towns of Moshi and Arusha, KIA Lodge is ideally situated for a short drive to the airport.
KIA Lodge has 40 en-suite air conditioned rooms. Designed to compliment the setting, each cottage is built in traditional style using thatch and Tanzanian arts and crafts, such as Tinga tinga paintings and Makunde carvings, giving it a distinctly African feeling.
The swimming pool is spectacularly located on top of a hill affording a breathtaking 360 degree panoramic view of mount Kilimanjaro, mount Meru , the Maasai steppe and onwards the blue mountains.
Trip Advisor Reviews


Where and what to see
The early mornings and late evenings are usually the best times to observe animals. During the heat of the day much of the wildlife rests under cover or retreats into the deeper parts of the forests. However with careful and patient searching, visitors can see interesting species throughout the day in Arusha National Park

The forest trees provide habitats for many bird and mammal species. Stop beside a tree and carefully scan the trunk and branches. Listen for branches cracking as a troop of colobus monkeys travel along the tree tops. Many forest birds have loud calls which penetrate through the leafy canopy and reveal their whereabouts.

The waterbirds around the lakes are particularly abundant between October and April because of the presence of many migrants from the northern hemisphere. Look carefully at the shape of their beaks to see how these are adapted for the food they eat.

When you first see members of a group of animals, like a herd of giraffe, a troop of baboons or pair of Egyptian geese, they all look much the same. If you spend a few moments watching you will begin to see individual differences. No two Egyptian geese have exactly the same colouration and plumage patterns, baboons have tails of various shapes and lengths. Giraffes have individually distinct patterns, the neck is a good place to look at the markings and recognise individuals. Look to see the composition of the group: is there one male with several females, or all males or a mixture? As you watch carefully you may begin to notice the way animals interact with each other, how the young play together, how closely they feed together, whether some animals seem dominant to others and what a courtship display looks like.

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Moshi, Kilimanjaro- Tanzania

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