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The closest national park to Arusha town – northern Tanzania’s safari capital – Arusha National Park is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safari goers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats within a few hours.

The park is small (212 sq. mi) but varied with spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas. In the west, the Meru Crater funnels the Jekukumia River; the peak of Mount Meru lies on its rim. Ngurdoto Crater in the south-east is grassland. The shallow alkaline Momella Lakes in the north-east have varying algal colors and are known for their wading birds.

Mount Meru is the second highest peak in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro, which is just 37 miles away and forms a backdrop to views from the park to the east. Arusha National Park lies on a 186-mile axis of Africa's most famous national parks, running from Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in the west to Kilimanjaro National Park in the east.

Giraffe -  Buffalo  -  Zebra  - Black and white Colobus Monkey - African Elephant (Rare) - Leopard (Rare)

Birds -Flamingo

Attractions and Activities
Game viewing and forest walks: Along the lower slopes, paths to rivers and waterfalls make a relaxing day hike for visitors who don’t want to attempt the rather arduous mountain climb. Ancient fig tree forests, crystal clear waters cascading from mountain streams, and a chance to spot colobus monkeys are the attractions and pleasures of Arusha National Park.

Picnics: Arusha National Park has numerous picnic sites.

3-4 day Mt. Meru climb: Climbing Mt. Meru or enjoying the smaller trails that criss-cross its lower slopes is a popular activity for visitors to Arusha National Park. The three-day trek to reach the crater’s summit is a quieter, and some say more challenging alternative than the famous peak of nearby Mount Kilimanjaro.

How to Get There
By Road: An easy 40-minute drive from Arusha. It is approximately 35 miles from Kilimanjaro International Airport.