Arusha National Park offers endless opportunities for an exceptional experience on your Tanzania safari. Combine it with an Arusha town tour for the best African holiday. Arusha is regarded as the springboard to Tanzania’s wildlife wonders, including the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro.
Wildlife to spot on safari in Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is a mere 25 kilometres from the town of Arusha and only 35 kilometres from the Kilimanjaro International Airport, making it the ideal destination for your safari to Tanzania. Included in the park’s boundaries, is Mount Meru, a prominent volcano and the second highest peak in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro.
Despite the park’s small size, Arusha still offers a rich variety of wildlife that can be spotted on a Tanzania vacation. Resident wildlife includes buffalo, elephant, bushbuck, giraffe, zebra, warthog and primates like black-and-white colobus monkeys. Arusha National Park has a prolific birdlife with more than 400 recorded species and the park deserves to be included on the itinerary of your holiday to Tanzania. The most notable species are narina and bar-tailed trogons, Augur buzzard and Verreaux’s eagle.
Activities and Experiences
Arusha is known as the safari capital of the northern safari circuit in Tanzania and most certainly deserves its status as the springboard to the country’s wildlife wonders that will ensure the holiday of a lifetime. It is close to the Arusha National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the tallest point on the African continent, Mount Kilimanjaro.
An area steeped in history, Arusha displays its past and culture in architecture, markets, museums and galleries. The bustling African town invites exploration of its nightlife, restaurants and cafes. This includes visits on your Tanzania vacation to the Cultural Heritage Centre, the Boma Museum and Shanga, an art centre where disabled artists create beadwork, glasswork, jewellery and clothes.