Tours and trips from Arusha are great ways to explore the wildlife of the country. Arusha is a sprawling town nestled between the peaks of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Due to its location, you can take a trip to several national parks to discover the diversity of wildlife in the country or even experience the culture and lifestyle of the locals. The small, bustling town, referred to as the ‘Safari Capital’ is the starting and the closure point for many safari adventures in Tanzania’s Northern safari circuit. Served by air through its own Arusha Airport, as well as being close to Kilimanjaro International Airport, and features a wide range of attractions and fun activities await.
If you’re planning a safari adventure in Tanzania, here are the best tours and trips you can take from Arusha:
Just a short drive from Arusha, the national park is an ideal place to go for a day trip from Arusha town. The park boasts some of the most luxuriant scenery in Tanzania. It features an impressive variety of fauna and flora and unforgettable activities to enjoy. A day trip to Arusha National Park will include a visit to several attractions such as Ngurdoto Crater, Momella Lakes, and Mt Meru – the country’s second-highest mountain. Enjoy a guided walking safari across the park to get an up-close experience with the wildlife such as black and white colobus monkey, giraffe, elephants, buffalo, hippos, and zebras. With its hill and mountain, craters and lakes, and diverse wildlife, Arusha National Park makes for a lovely day trip from Arusha town.
One of the most rewarding trips from Arusha, an excursion to Lake Manyara National Park offers tourists an opportunity to discover a wide variety of ecosystems and breathtaking scenery. Located at the edge of the Great Rift Valley, the national park is well-known for its tree-climbing lions, a wide range of bird species, hippos, and elephants. It is also home to the highest concentrations of elephants in Africa, baboon, warthog, impala, zebra and vervet monkeys. Manyara is also famous for its dominant feature being the lake and being one of the key breeding grounds for Flamingos due to the alkalinity of the lake. A day trip to Lake Manyara National Park boasts a variety of exciting activities such as walking safaris, hiking, wildlife viewing, canoeing and mountain biking.
Tarangire National Park is located about 2 hours from Arusha town; thus, it’s easy to go on a one-day tour from Arusha to the park. Featuring stunning landscapes and a wide variety of wildlife species, the national park provides an interesting excursion for visitors to experience unforgettable safari adventures. The park features scenic views of swaying grasses, dense bush, swamps and river valleys. It’s also a great place to get up close and personal with stunning wildlife in their natural environment such as fringe-eared oryx, elephant, wild dog, giraffe, hyrax, leopard, kudu, lion, Africa’s biggest reptile and snake, the python, and buffalo.
Located about three hours’ drive from Arusha, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world and it’s referred to as the world’s 8th wonder. Standing on the rim of the crater takes ones breath away; one can clearly see the shape of the caldera and the game filled plains 700 m below. A full-day tour around Ngorongoro Crater takes you through its diverse landscapes with an opportunity to see a variety of wild animals. There’s also an opportunity to meet the Maasai people in the Maasai village located a short distance further, and learn more about their culture and lifestyle. The park features a high concentration of large animals such as rhino, hippo, hyena, lion, cheetah, elephant, jackal and warthog. The Crater is an experience on its own and offers a wide range of activities including game viewing.
Located about 69 km from Arusha town, Kikuletwa Hot Springs is an ideal destination for a day trip from the town. Also known as Chemka Maji Moto, it’s a geothermal spring with warm water, which forms a clear and fresh pond positioned under swanky trees. There are baboons and monkeys around the springs, and the pond is perfect for swimming. You can relax by the pond and enjoy the wonderful scenery after an exciting wilderness safari.