To climb Mt Meru, June-February although it may rain in November.
Best views of Kilimanjaro December-February.
What to do
Forest walks, numerous picnic sites;
three- or four-day Mt Meru climb - good acclimatisation for Kilimanjaro.
Accommodations are available at luxury lodges and Hotel. The most economical accommodations are three star hotel and Hostel, but we also arrange accommodations nearby in surrounding town at normal hotel rates no extra charges.
With an area of 137 sq. km, Arusha National Park is one of the smaller and most beautiful National Parks in Tanzania. Situated only 37 km from Arusha town, the park is very popular for day trips. The Ngurdoto Crater, Momela Lakes, the highland montane forest, and the rugged Mount Meru (4575 m above sea level) are the four distinctive features of the park. Mt. Kilimanjaro, towering at 5895 m to the east, can be seen on clear days from many locations within the park. One of the unique attractions of the park is the opportunity to combine game drives with a nature walk. Here visitors can leave their safari vehicles and enjoy the fresh air.
The most common animals found in this park are Abyssinian black and white colobus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, red forest duikers, hippos, elephants, giraffes, buffalo, bushbucks and sometimes even leopards. More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park including Eurasian migrants, which can be seen between October and April. Mount Meru (4575 m) can be scaled in three to four days, with overnight accommodations in alpine huts on your way both up and down.