Arusha is a major starting point for safaris heading to the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, Lake Manyara and Tarangire. Arusha also has its own small, easily accessible National Park, which lies between the major peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. It contains a good variety of East African wildlife including giraffe, hippo, zebra, elephants, leopard, hyena and antelopes, but does not have lions or rhinocerous.
Arusha National Park's mascot is the black and white colobus monkey whose long flowing mane and tail billow spectacularly as it dives through the branches. You will also see blue monkeys and olive baboons and the park is famous for containing 400 species of birds.
The scenery around Arusha is dominated by two impressive mountains, which seemingly rise out of nowhere. Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest and grandest with glacial sides and a snow capped peak, while Mt. Meru is a smaller cousin - still of great standing at 4,566m (14,990ft)- which can be summited in a couple of days. Both are dormant volcanoes, and provide the keen hiker with the chance to reach the 'Roof of Africa' and look out over East Africa's finest safari destinations.
Safari lodges of Arusha: