Wildlife and safaris
Mount Meru Hotel is set in the city, and you can't expect any wildlife around.
The birding isn't very good, either.
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is situated 30 to 60 minutes' drive
east of the hotel, and it's a suitable park
for a day tour. It has a number of different biotopes, ranging from freshwater and soda
lakes to grassland and mountain forest. There is also a high mountain, Mount
Meru, 4,566 m/14,980 ft. Mainly herbivores,
monkeys and birds are seen. Zebras, buffalos, waterbucks and giraffes are often spotted,
and it's a park where you can be fairly sure to see bushbucks at close range. Elephants
and red duikers are harder to spot. The park is known for its population of black-and-white
Because of the mix of habitats, there's a lot to see for birders. Some of the fine species
we have seen are crowned eagle, lanner falcon, Levaillant's cuckoo, Hartlaub's turaco
and narina trogon.
Tarangire and Lake Manyara
Both Tarangire National Park and Lake
Manyara National Park are about two hours' drive from Arusha, which means day tours
are possible. The roads are tarmac almost all the way. Both these parks offer a varied
wildlife, including good chances of seeing elephants.