The city of Arusha is the starting point for most safaris to northern Tanzania. Just an hour's drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha is thriving thanks to the boom in tourism.
Arusha is used for acclimatization stage travelers before going on the trails of national parks or climbing Kilimanjaro.
Perched at 1,380 meters above sea level, Arusha is surrounded by hills with lush vegetation and enjoys a pleasant climate. Whatever the flight arrival time between Europe and Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania Authentique strongly recommends staying there for one day and one night. The travel designers of the agency have selected cozy small lodges of charm. Travelers appreciate being able to relax in order to recover from a long journey and to leave in good shape the next day on the track of the lion king.
Located an hour away from Arusha, the Arusha National Park is often overlooked by travelers while there is no shortage of interest. Despite its small size (137 km²), it offers splendid landscapes: Mount Meru, mountain forest, craters and alkaline lakes Momela where, on a clear day, it is possible to see the Meru and the Kilimanjaro.
The park also allows you to observe a very diverse fauna: a multitude of species of aquatic birds, different species of antelopes, buffaloes, zebras and giraffes. Elephants and lions are rare, but it is possible to see leopards and spotted hyenas. The park's forest is also one of the only places where we can see black colobus monkeys and white acrobats.
The park can be visited all year round although the months of November and especially April and May may be rainy. Favor the period from December to March to enjoy the most unobstructed views of Kilimanjaro. The Arusha National Park is a good introduction to other parks in Tanzania, and you will appreciate the uniqueness of its landscapes. Its proximity to Arusha makes it an easy and enjoyable stop, especially when traveling to Tanzania with children. It allows you to enjoy original safari experiences: safari on foot accompanied by a ranger or canoe safari on Lake Momela to approach hippopotamus and crocodiles.