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Safari in Arusha National Park

Safari in Arusha National Park

Overview: Safari in Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is often overlooked by travellers heading to the more famous sights of the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. However, with a little time, Arusha National Park offers some lovely walking in the foothills of Mount Meru and canoeing on the Momela Lakes, plus gentle game drives. A half-day or full-day visit is well worth the time.

There's a range of activities in Arusha National Park. These include walking safaris, accompanied by a ranger and lasting for up to four hours, during which you will stop for a break at one of the park's lovely picnic sites.

You can also explore the further reaches of the park by vehicle, taking in some of the lovely views and keeping an eye out for wildlife. Another good activity here – one not found in Tanzania's other parks –  is a canoeing safari exploring the Momela Lakes.

Availability: Safaris to Arusha National Park are available at any time

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.

Start location
Any of Expert Africa's hotels in Arusha
End location
Back at your hotel
Meals included
Usually a picnic breakfast and/or lunch
Duration
Half day or full day
Maximum group size
Usually run as a private excursion

Safari in Arusha National Park: Picture Gallery

What to look forward to.


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Arusha National Park is partly forested…
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…but also has lakes and open spaces.

Arusha National Park is partly forested…

…but also has lakes and open spaces.

Safari in Arusha National Park reviews

20 independent first-hand comments from our travellers.


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SistersfromLondon

8 Sep 2019

"Great first day safari in Arusha"

"Fabulous sightings of giraffes, elephants, zebra and other mammals …" Read Sisters’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Mr & Mrs DfromHampshire

2 Sep 2019

"Safari in Arusha National Park review"

"We particularly enjoyed the opportunity to walk in the bush …" Read Mr & Mrs D’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Overall rating: Average

Overall rating: Good

Overall rating: Average

Ms T & Mr BfromToronto

27 Sep 2009

"Arusha National Park Nomad tour"

"Arusha National Park Nomad tour …" Read Ms T & Mr B’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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Ideas for holidays which can include Safari in Arusha National Park

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