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Arusha National Park

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Arusha National PARK

Arusha National Park is a protected area located in northeastern Tanzania, near the city of Arusha. Established in 1960, it covers an area of approximately 552 square kilometers (212 square miles) and is known for its diverse landscapes and rich biodiversity. Here are some key features and aspects of Arusha National Park:

  1. Ecological Diversity: Arusha National Park is characterized by a remarkable diversity of ecosystems, including montane forests, grasslands, and alpine meadows. The park is situated on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley.

  2. Mount Meru: The park is dominated by the imposing presence of Mount Meru, the second-highest peak in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is an extinct stratovolcano and offers challenging trekking opportunities for those seeking an alternative or acclimatization climb before attempting Kilimanjaro.

  3. Ngurdoto Crater: Often referred to as “Little Ngorongoro,” Ngurdoto Crater is a prominent feature within the park. The crater is surrounded by forested slopes and provides a habitat for a variety of wildlife, including buffalo, elephants, and a range of bird species.

  4. Wildlife: Despite its smaller size compared to other Tanzanian national parks, Arusha National Park is home to a diverse array of wildlife. Visitors can encounter giraffes, zebras, waterbucks, buffaloes, and various primates, including the black-and-white colobus monkey and blue monkeys. Birdwatchers will appreciate the numerous avian species found in the park.

  1. Momella Lakes: A series of seven shallow alkaline lakes, collectively known as the Momella Lakes, are scattered throughout the park. These lakes provide habitat for a variety of bird species, including flamingos. The lakes add a scenic and serene aspect to the park’s landscape.

  2. Climbing and Hiking: Mount Meru offers trekking and climbing opportunities for those looking to explore the high-altitude environments and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. The ascent to the summit typically takes several days, with hikers traversing through diverse vegetation zones.

  3. Cultural and Historical Sites: The park also features some cultural and historical sites, such as the Ngurdoto Museum, which provides information about the park’s natural history, wildlife, and the local Maasai people.

Arusha National Park is a popular destination for those seeking a combination of wildlife experiences, breathtaking scenery, and outdoor activities such as hiking and trekking. It serves as a valuable conservation area within Tanzania’s northern safari circuit.

best time to visit Arusha National Park

The best time to visit Arusha National Park can depend on your specific interests and activities, whether it’s wildlife viewing, trekking Mount Meru, or enjoying pleasant weather. Here’s a month-by-month guide:













Month by Month Guide for Travelling to Arusha National Park

  • Weather: The short dry season with warm temperatures.
  • Wildlife: Good for general wildlife viewing.
  • Trekking: Suitable for Mount Meru trekking.
  • Weather: Long rainy season, with heavy rainfall.
  • Wildlife: Some animals may be harder to spot due to dense vegetation.
  • Trekking: Mount Meru trekking might be challenging due to rain and muddy trails.
  • Weather: Dry season with clear skies and cooler temperatures.
  • Wildlife: Excellent time for wildlife viewing as animals gather around water sources.
  • Trekking: Ideal for Mount Meru trekking with drier conditions.
  • Weather: Short rains may begin, but the weather is generally good.
  • Wildlife: Wildlife viewing is good, and the landscape is lush.
  • Trekking: Still a suitable time for Mount Meru trekking.

Considering the park’s diverse attractions, the dry season (June to October) is often recommended for a well-rounded experience. This period offers prime conditions for both wildlife watching and trekking activities. However, if you specifically aim for a Mount Meru trek, the dry months from June to February are preferable to avoid heavy rainfall. Always check current weather conditions and specific park activities when planning your visit.

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Beata O
Beata O
Oserok Trips will guarantee your trip to Tanzania is a magical, once in a lifetime experience! If you have been considering a trip to Tanzania, and are still on the fence, I am here to tell you not to worry and go for it! It is a magical place, not only because of the incredible animal and plant life, or the amazing landscapes, but above all, because of the wonderful and friendly people. The man who will guarantee this trip will be an incredible, once in a lifetime experience, is Alpha and his great team at Oserok Trips. Even if you only have a few hours, Alpha will fill them with activities as best as possible, and if you are on a two-week vacation, your time will be organized in great detail according to your needs and interests. Alpha is a wonderful guide and companion for whatever kind of trip you have envisioned. He will pick you up from the airport, arrange accommodation with local residents, answer your questions, take care of you as best as he can, take care of all your needs, and dispel any concerns. Oserok Trips can also recommend various activities in each area you visit, but beyond that they will also show you the details that could easily go unnoticed by visitor. As I write this, I already want to go back, explore the places I didn’t have enough time to see, and smell grass of the Serengeti again. My husband, daughter and I traveled around Tanzania for two weeks. We spent the first eight days with Alpha and his great team, the next with his wonderful life companion and guide Dominika. We drove through Tarangire National Park, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area under the care of Alpha, a skilled driver, and a cook who prepared incredible meals for us even in the middle of the wilderness. There was no moment when we did not feel safe, even when a dozen lions were hunting a buffalo a few meters away from us. We joked that even this amazing event was planned by our guides for 4:06 pm on January 23, 2024. Witnessing such a hunt, of course, can never be guaranteed, but with a team like Oserok Trips, their expert eyes will point out every lion's ear in the waist-deep grass. After some time you too will learn to spot whole groups of animals thanks to their experienced eye! Don’t let the fatigue of travel, the dust and mud, and everything that deviates from the routine of your everyday life, dissuade you from taking this trip. Don’t delay (like us) and the rest will be taken care of by Alpha and his team at Oserok Trips.
Great local community option for those after an authentic experience Communications prompt and accurate - pay attention to the description to ensure it is for you. I had a fantastic day visiting a Maasai tribal village and surrounds but be aware this is not the sort of tour where you "attend a show" of the lifestyle - you join the tribe members for part of their day which I found really interesting and informative despite the language barrier. Employs local staff and supports the community which for me is a bonus. Wouldn't hesitate to book for a longer tour in the area if I get the chance.
Kabi K
Kabi K
A nice day to remember Alpha, the manager is very friendly and patient. I had one day for a trip in Arusha with my niece and a small budget and he accommodated my needs. We went to the hotsprings and visited a park that isn't in his offer, but he was able to arrange it. I did not had to take care of anything. In addition, Alpha is.keen to exchange about his rich culture and his full of interesting histories, but he also left us enjoy the activities and understands when you need privacy, I appreciate that. In a nutshell, I really recommend the Oserok trips.
Triana H
Triana H
Unforgettable experience! Great experience I highly recommend anyone who would like to enjoy a safari in great company! They made the whole experience for me and my family something we’ll never forget and they became part of the family ???? Ashe naleng’ Thanks a lot, the whole family wishes you all the best
Mary M
Mary M
Waterfalls and coffee My dad and I went on the waterfalls and coffee tour with Alpha and the oserok team this summer. The tour was perfect from start to finish, alpha organized everything better than we could have imagined. He picked us up and took us on a beautiful drive up the mountain and explained/ answered questions about the landscape as we went. On the hike we were with Lebahati, he was a wonderful and charming guide. He was able to keep us going at an enjoyable pace and told us many fun y and interesting facts on the way! The lunch after the hike was great too- many different dishes and we had so much fun learning about local kahawa!! I could’t recommend any other company more!!
Jan M
Jan M
Absolutely wonderful experiences. Highly recommended! We did the Kilimanjaro, 4 days safari and a coffee plantation tour - all with Alpha and his team at Oserok Trips. We are so lucky that we chose his company (based on recommendation from a friend), as our journeys was absolutely wonderful! On Kilimanjaro, they was so helpful making sure that we reach the summit. The food on the mountain was so delicious thanks to Salim - the chef. The whole crew was perfect - always cheering us up, always smiling. And then the safari - Alpha made sure that we get a solid guide/driver who knows everything there is to know about the animals. Always in a good mood, and he spotted animals that we would definitely miss. We saw so many lions, some of them eating their prey and one time we saw the hunt for zebras! We even saw a family of cheetahs. The safari was one of the best experiences of our lives, I'll definitely come back if I ever have children, so they can see it too. And it'll definitely be with Oserok Trips again. Highly recommended, you won't make a mistake!
Nancy G
Nancy G
Excellent guide! Nous avons fait deux daytrips avec Alpha : Chemka hotspring et Materuni+Coffee tour. Nous recommandons fortement cette agence locale détenu par un maasai. Nous avons appris énormément sur la culture maasai, les plantes et la vie à Moshi durant ces excursions. Pendant la randonnée pour aller à Materuni, il a pris le temps de nous faire découvrir les différentes plantes sur le chemin. Alpha a été à notre écoute et n’a pas hésité à tout mettre en œuvre pour nous satisfaire. Il nous a fait découvrir la nourriture locale, excellente expérience. La bonne humeur et la zen attitude de Alpha sont tellement contagieuses. Et il est aussi un excellent photographe pour ceux qui aiment les jolies photos pendant les excursions ????
marco c
marco c
Trek con Alpha, la miglior guida masai di Moshi! Alpha è un’ottima guida, nonché un personaggio simpatico e affabile, ci ha portati alle falde del Kilimanjaro in un trek in famiglia molto interessante fino alla cascata Materuni. Abbiamo mangiato un pranzo delizioso preparato per noi dalle donne di un villaggio Chagga dove abbiamo poi assistito alla cerimonia del caffè, partecipando anche. Giornata divertente, con Alfa che è colto e preparato, lo consigliamo a tutti.
Eline E
Eline E
Inoubliable !! C'est la 2éme fois que nous faisons appel à Oserok Alpha a été très convivial et bienveillant avec tous les membres du groupe. Les guides sont disponibles et attentionnés. Nous avons apprécié ce circuit de 2 parcs avec une une nuit au campement Kizumba, tout était impeccable. Belle surprise avec des déjeuners à table tout confort en face du bassin aux hippopotames. Alpha est vraiment précautionneux, il a été très disponible en amont pour la préparation de ce voyage (voyage associatif pour 12 personnes) Rapport qualité prix au top.
Kristina D
Kristina D
Materuni waterfall and coffe trip we went to Materuni waterfall and on a coffee tour with Alfi as guide☺️ It was a fantastic experience with beautiful nature! Alfi gave us extensive information along the way about the place and the flora. We later got to make coffee with the local population, which was great fun and educational. The day also included a traditional Swahili lunch which was very good???? Really recommend! not a crazy price either!

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