Arusha National Park is the starting point for Visit Tanzania’s Northern Circuit Safaris. It sits snugly in a wide expanse of fertile volcanic land in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro’s little brother, Mt Meru which is much more of a technical climb than Kilimanjaro, and a great challenge for more experienced climbers.
Arusha National Park is a multifaceted jewel, often overlooked by safari tours, despite offering the opportunity to explore a diversity of habitats within a few hours. Arusha is at the heart of Tanzania's safari industry – virtually everyone visiting Tanzania’s Northern parks will travel through this town. However, Arusha is definitely more than just a safari town; it has superb views of Kilimanjaro and with a number of coffee plantations at the edge of town, it is a great place to stay for a day or two before heading out on safari.
Arusha National Park is also a great distraction for a full or half day game drive. It is very quiet and has a wide variety of animals and superb bird life. The entrance gate leads into a shadowy forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys – the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white Colobus monkey can be seen. Also a rare sighting is the leopard who seemingly hides in plain sight.
Prices are per person and range from $1,520 to $5,250 depending on duration and lodging. For more details about itineraries and prices go to our Tour Packages page.