Arusha & Mount Meru
Arusha is a relaxed town in Northern Tanzania where most northern circuit safaris begin. It has plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs with a bohemian atmosphere. The dormant volcano Mt Meru dominates the skyline rising out of the nearby Arusha National Park.
It is possible to go canoing around the Momella Lakes in Arusha National Park. Mountain biking, horse riding and visits local cultural projects can also be arranged on request. There is a large range of hotels and lodges in and around the Arusha area and our safari team will help you pick the best option for you.
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Considering its small size (137 sq km) Arusha National Park boasts a remarkable range of habitats - a miniature volcanic crater, highland rain forest, acacia woodland and a string of attractive lakes, as well as hosting Africa's fifth highest mountain, Meru.
Arusha is a fairly large town, set in the heart of the fertile agricultuaral lands at the base of Mount Meru. Similar in appearance to many towns in East Africa, with old buildings left over from the colonial era alongside in increasing number of modern buildings. Arusha is the traditional starting point for a Northern circuit Tanzania Safari.
Mt. Meru is part of the Arusha National Park located 45 km from Arusha town. The Park contains the 4556m high mountain (5th highest in Africa), Ngurdoto Crater, the Momella soda lakes, as well as thick cloud and montane forests, acacia woodlands and grasslands. Home to elephants, large herds of buffalo, bushbuck, giraffe and duiker, the park is the also a good place to observe the interesting black-and-white colobus monkeys.