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Arusha National Park

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Arusha is a great little town. Dramatically set below Mount Meru, it has a real frontier atmosphere, with safari vehicles, stinky trucks and cranky old taxis fighting for space on the dusty roads.

Arusha is the transport hub of northern Tanzania, the base for treks on Kilimanjaro and safaris into Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Natron.

Although generally regarded as a transit stop, a longer stay in Arusha is certainly worth considering.

The semi-rural districts around the town include some lovely accommodation options, especially amongst the coffee plantations of Moivaro Lodge, Arusha Safari Lodge and Arusha Coffee Lodge.

If you have time then you might like to consider staying in Arusha a couple or more nights at the start of your trip in order to let Africa seep more gently into your soul before embarking on your safari.

Explore villages and shamba farms on foot, visit the town and its busy central market, or just lie by the pool, catch up some sleep and start a good book.

Best Time To Visit Tarangire

Visiting Udzungwa is possible all year round although slippery during rainy seasons. The best time to visit is during the dry season of June-October before the short rains, however, with Udzungwa, it might rain anytime.

Best time to visit udzungwa national park


Udzungwa Location & Map

Udzungwa is located five hours (350 km/215 miles) from Dar es Salaam; 65 km (40 miles) southwest of Mikumi as illustrated in the Udzungwa, Tanzania map below

Udzungwa Location map

Getting there, to Udzungwa

Drive from Dar es Salaam or Mikumi National Park.


Uzungwa Pictures & Video

What to do: Udzungwa Safaris

  1. Udzungwa Camping safaris
  2. Two-hour hike to the waterfall 
  3. Udzungwa / Mikumi / Ruaha safaris

Accommodation at and near Udzungwa National park

  1. If you are going camping and hiking inside the park, bring all food and supplies.
  2. Two modest but comfortable lodges with en-suite rooms within 1km of the park entrance.

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