Ngongongare gate in Arusha Park
Altitude: 1400 m.a.m.s.l.
One of the entrance gates into Arusha national park that is located on its south eastern border. It serves as a TANAPA administrative checkpoint where permits for entering the park may be obtained or checked – with several facilities on site such as TANAPA offices, toilets, information displays a cafe and a souvenir shop.
What to do there ? Get information about the park – including fees, permits, maps, locations, and available activities. There are TANAPA offices there from where you could pay for permits – though at the time of writing, most payments are done by well recognised electronic debit or credit cards.
The gate is also a checkout point and where you could obtain rangers or guides to accompany you.
Location of Ngongongare gateNgongongare gate is located a short distance inside the south eastern border of Arusha national park, far from the rainforest that is characteristic of the park. Just a few minutes up north is the mini Serengeti – a small field where animals graze in the mornings. For more information on this location, please see the map below.
How to get there ? From the city of Arusha or Moshi, there are passenger buses that go through the park – all the way to Momella, a small town north of the park; However these do not stop inside the park. Alternatively, you could either use any kind of private, rental or tours and travel vehicle – with the journey there from the Arusha – Moshi highway taking about 20 minutes.
How to get to Arusha
There are two airports near Arusha. Arusha Airport is a domestic airport with only a few daily flights. It is 15 minutes from the town centre, and it is often the starting point for safaris.
Kilimanjaro International Airport receives daily flights from domestic, African, and international airlines. This airport is around 45 minutes from the centre and a taxi to the airport will cost around $50. Some drivers may accept a cheaper fare, but you will need to haggle.
If you are travelling from Kilimanjaro Airport to the local Arusha airport, allow at least one hour for the journey.
Places to stay in Arusha City
There are several budget options in Arusha, including The African Tulip and the Impala Hotel.
Kibo Palace Hotel: A large hotel with a pool and restaurant, and it is a great option if you are looking for a place to stay after an international flight or the night before a safari.
The African Tulip: A quaint boutique hotel which offers an airport shuttle. Most of the upmarket hotels can be found in the eastern area of Arusha. The Gran Melia Arusha offers fantastic views of Mt Meru, a well-stocked bar, a spa, and a pool.
Onsea House: A charming boutique guesthouse that was originally a farmhouse. It has two swimming pools, a sauna, a steam room, and a jacuzzi, and its gardens are tranquil.