Arusha lies in the shadow of Mount Meru, the focal point of Arusha National Park. This small but beautiful park is often overlooked in favour of the more well-known ones, but trust us when we say you’ll be making a mistake if you miss it. There are some wonderful landscapes to explore, including gushing rivers, volcanic craters, lush grasslands and the scenic Momella Lakes, which are home to a rich variety of bird life. Mount Meru is one of the highest peaks in Tanzania, second only to the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. This iconic mountain is a must-see when visiting East Africa, and you won’t forget the first time you lay eyes on its soaring, snow-capped peak. If you’re not tackling the multi-day hike to the summit, the rolling meadows and lush forests surrounding the mountain are ideal for more relaxed walks.
Looking for some exciting animal encounters? Well, you’re in luck. Arusha is a popular base for safaris in the nearby Serengeti National Park, which is renowned for its high population of big cats, including lions, leopards and cheetahs. Other residents include elephants, buffaloes, hyenas, warthogs and rhinos, so there’s plenty to see. The park also hosts one of the largest migration circuits in the world. Every year, millions of wildebeests and zebras migrate from Serengeti to Maasai Mara, following Africa’s ancient weather patterns.
Another area of interest is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This World Heritage Site is named after its star attraction - a huge volcanic caldera. Alongside Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti migration, the crater is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. It’s also home to a rich variety of wildlife, including lions, buffalo, hippos, wildebeest and endangered black rhinos.
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And, as if being the tallest mountain in the continent wasn’t enough, as it’s not part of a mountain range, Kilimanjaro also holds the title of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. So, don’t just catch a glimpse of it, get a photo in front of it too. This mountain is high on the list of earth’s most incredible sights, that’s for sure.Discover more
Having last erupted in 1910, Meru is actually considered an active volcano. It exploded into life over 500,000 years ago and has since dominated Arusha’s skyline with its distinctive horseshoe rim. Now protected by Arusha National Park, the area surrounding the mountain is rich with wildlife so a quick trip here and you’ll kill two birds with one stone.Discover more
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