It is one of the smallest parks in Tanzania, extending for 137 km² between Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, rising from 1,500 m to 4,566 m at the tip of Mount Meru, making it the second highest peak in Tanzania, second only to Kilimanjaro and fifth in the entire African continent.
Mount Meru is actually a volcano that is still active but it lost much of its mass in an eruption around 8,000 years ago, but in 1910 it had only a small eruption. You can admire its majesty in the background of the park to the east, already from the city of Arusha which is about sixty kilometers away.
The Arusha Park is quickly reached in 40 minutes by car, starting from the city with the same name. It can be visited in just one day and for this reason it is recommended for those who stay briefly in Tanzania or in preparation for a Safari in the following days to the other Northern Tanzania circuit.
The more adventurous can book a Safari on foot and cross the lush forest on the Mount Meru slopes. The park contains a diverse population of herbivores, primates and predators, you can photograph populations of giraffes, black-and-white Colobus monkeys, baboons, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, warthogs, different species of antelope, hyenas, colorful fish. There are no lions in the park but if you are lucky you can see the leopard!
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