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Arusha National Park

Size: 552 sq km 212 sq miles Location: Northern Tanzania, North-East of Arusha town

Getting there
An easy 40Minutes drive from Arusha, approximately 60km (35miles) from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lakes, forest and Ngurdoto Crater can all be visited in the course of a half-day outing at the beginning or end of an extended Northern Safari. Note: Mountain Climbing Permits duration time is 12 Hours.

What to do
Forest walks, numerous picnic sites; Its take three to four days climbing Mount Meru, good acclimatisation for Kilimanjaro.

When to go
To climb Mt. Meru, June-February although it may rain in November. Best views of Kilimanjaro December-February.

Accommodation

Two lodges, two rest houses, camp sites, two mountain huts inside the park; more lodges at Usa River outside the park and many hotels and hostels in Arusha town. Although elephants are uncommon in Arusha National Park, and lions absent altogether, leopards and spotted hyenas may be seen slinking around in the early morning and late afternoon.

It is also at dusk and dawn that the veil of cloud on the eastern horizon is most likely to clear, revealing the majestic snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, only 50km (30 miles) distant. But it is Kilimanjaro’s unassuming cousin, Mount Meru - the fifth highest in Africa at 4,566 metres (14,990 feet) – that dominates the park’s horizon. Its peaks and eastern footslopes protected within the national park, Meru offers unparalleled views of its famous neighbour, while also forming a rewarding hiking destination in its own right. back to top

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