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The various habitats and eco systems of this small national park, the closest to Arusha town, are of a special interest as they can be discovered within a few hours. The 552 sq.km big Arusha National Park is a beauty and often overlooked by safari goers as you will usually not find lions or cheetahs here.
Therefore you can explore so called Ngorongoro ndogo (“the small Ngorongoro”) and Serengeti ndogo (“the small Serengeti”) watching plenty of giraffes, buffalos, zebras and a huge number of birds and monkeys like the rare black and white Colobus monkey. Kilimanjaro’ s small neighbor Mount Meru (4566 meters) is the heart of the park and the pride of the Meru people. Arusha National Park is the starting point for climbing the mountain.
The park offers opportunities for an extended walking safari additional to car game driving. On your forest walk and visit of the gigantic waterfalls falling from Meru Mountain numerous picnic sites will treat you to rest. Planning a day at Arusha National Park besides going to the “big ones” is a decision you will definitely not regret.