This spectacular small national park covers Mount Meru, a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4,566 meters (14,980 feet). The fifth – highest mountain in Africa. This is the closest national park from Arusha town, it takes 45 minutes to get there by car. Its landscapes are characterized by Mount Meru, a beautiful caldera, forests, tall waterfalls, alkaline lakes, and grasslands.
There are many giraffes, flamingos, buffaloes, waterbucks, bushbucks, zebras, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, baboons, warthogs, to mention just a few. There are no lions in Arusha National Park. Elephants in this park are very shy because of the dense tropical forests. This park is ideal for climbing Mount Meru which takes up to 4 days. This park is very beautiful for walking safaris and is one of the best parks to see up to 400 species of birds, including rare forest birds such as the Bar-tailed Trogon. The legendary crowned eagle, a.k.a “leopard of the sky” can be seen in this park. The crowned eagle is one of the most powerful eagles in the world, it hunts small antelopes and monkeys which are surprisingly four times bigger than its size.
Arusha National Park borders Mount Kilimanjaro, so it is between Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Safari to this park offers incredible scenery of the two mountains