Best Time to Visit – Arusha NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

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Wildlife viewing in Arusha National Park is good throughout the year but is at its best in the Dry season, from late June to October. The beautiful scenery is most impressive in the Wet season, from November to May, although March and April can be very wet and grey. The clear skies from December through February give you the best views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro.

Best Time June to October (Animals are easier to spot)
High Season Most of the year – July to March (The park never gets too crowded)
Low Season April and May
Best Weather June to October (Little rainfall)
Worst Weather March and April (Peak of Wet season)

June to October Dry Season

  • It is easier to spot animals as they gather at water sources and the vegetation is thin
  • It is sunny, and there is little rain
  • Fewer mosquitoes and less chance of catching malaria
  • Mornings and nights can be cold

November to May Wet Season

  • The scenery is beautiful and at its most lush
  • Views of Kilimanjaro and Meru are most reliable from December to February
  • It's less crowded in April and May, as it is the low season – also, rates are likely to be lower
  • Arusha NP offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year
  • Birding is best as migratory birds are present
  • Some roads might become difficult to navigate
  • March to May is the peak of the Wet season

Wildlife Photos

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