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Why go on a walking safari in Arusha?

A walking safari in Arusha gives you a whole new and unique perspective of the national park and is an exciting way to explore the wildlife and scenery.

The scents and sounds of the African bush are best experienced by foot. Here you’ll be walking alongside wild, freely roaming animals in their natural habitat. Your ranger is experienced and knows what you can or can’t do near wild animals.

Listen to him, and you will have the best possible experience. Apart from sharing loads of knowledge about the animals you might encounter, your guide will also tell you all about the unique flora & fauna of Arusha National Park, an inspiring area known for Mount Meru, the second-highest mountain in Tanzania.

During the walking safari some unique sights will be visited, like the impressive waterfall that hides in the heart of the park, the Ngurdoto Crater and lake Momella, where thousands of pink flamingos can often be spotted.

What will I see on an Arusha walking safari?

The main focus of a walking safari experience is to embark on slow paced, guided walks exploring different wildlife and big game species and landscapes in the bush.

Many visitors come here hoping to spot the elusive colobus monkey. Giraffes majestically walk through the landscape and other animals like buffalo, zebra’s, warthog, and blue monkeys are waiting to be spotted.

Walking safari day-trips in northern Tanzania are also great for bird-spotters, as Arusha has a great variety of birds like trogons, starlings, turacos and thousands of migrating flamingos

Visitors can also have the choice of going on both walking and Jeep safaris or a combination of the two.

When to go on a walking safari in Arusha?

Walking safaris are possible in Arusha throughout the year. 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.

Rainfall is rare during this period and it is generally considered the best time for a walking safari in most areas.

Cost of a walking safari in Arusha?

The price of a walking safari package is difficult to estimate given costs can vary depending on the time of year, type of accommodation and how secluded it is, locations travelled to, activities selected and add-ons selected.

Walking guides for such safaris can start from USD $40 per person for short walks to $4,000 for multi-day luxury overnight trips.

Standard 1 Day Tour Arusha National Park Walking Safari typically range from USD $140 – USD $165.

How to get to Arusha?

Visitors typically fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), 29 miles from Arusha, with visitors often combining trips to Arusha with the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Understanding the best time to visit Tanzania is important as this will impact accommodation, flight prices, availability and the weather that visitors can expect on their safari vacation.

International flights into the country also arrive via Dar es Salaam (DAR) airport for visitors wondering how to get to Tanzania. DAR airport is located 18km south of Dar Es Salaam and a Tanzania visa and certain vaccinations may be required to enter the country.

Sample Arusha walking safari itineraries

Arusha National Park has an incredible variety of fauna and flora, which cannot fail to impress. Hollywood also chose this region to film the movie “Hatari” in which Hardy Kruger starred alongside the legendary John Wayne.

Your day trip will include a visit to the Ngurdoto Crater. Walking is tightly regulated and is always conducted by experienced and knowledgeable armed guides.

Sample 1-day Arusha walking safari itinerary:


Collect you from your hotel in Arusha or Moshi and take you to the Arusha National Park.  Buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, warthogs, zebras, and baboons can be seen all year round as well as many different bird species. 

At the Momella Gate, an armed ranger will be waiting for you to accompany you on the walking safari that will give you the chance to experience the wildlife up-close. 

Only a few other national parks in Tanzania give you such an opportunity and it is something that should not be missed.

Arusha National Park

Lunch will be taken at a picnic place in the afternoon.  Post-lunch, continue your tour in the safari vehicle through the Arusha National Park. 

Observe the wildlife in a peaceful, quiet setting and soak in the scenery.

Arusha National Park
EveningAfter plenty of time allocated for you to observe the wildlife, we will take you back to Arusha town, marking the end of your one-day Arusha day tour.Arusha

Pick up & drop off in Arusha or Moshi at the Hotel, 4×4 transport, english speaking guide, water, lunch, insurance and park expenses are included in the walking safari.


What will I see on a walking safari in Arusha?

Visitors will see Arusha’s incredible wildlife including the colobus monkey, giraffes, buffalo, zebra’s, warthog, and blue monkeys on safari plains in areas typically restricted for safari vehicles, all in a quiet and intimate environment.

How much does an Arusha walking safari cost?

Standard 1 Day Tour Arusha National Park Walking Safari typically range from USD $140 – USD $165.

When to go on a walking safari in Arusha?

An Arusha walking safari can be done all year round. The dry season from late June to October is the best time of year for a walking safari in Arusha.