Home to Tanzania’s “other mountain”, Arusha National Park hosts Mt Meru, a volcanic peak reaching 4,566 metres or 14,990 feet; and Africa’s fifth highest summit. The park itself is a rewarding day out. Located close by the northern safari circuit “capital” of Arusha, the varied topography and eco-zones are an inviting introduction to the game drive experience. There are lakes, forests, open plains and even a small crater. Giraffe are common as are warthog, zebra and various duikers and bushbuck. Small herds of buffalo can often be observed in Ngurdoto crater and a real treat is the presence of black and white colobus monkeys, not to mention a plethora of bird life.

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