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Getting there
Mount Meru Hotel is situated a few minutes from the city centre of Arusha, 45 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ) and 15–30 minutes (depending on traffic) from Arusha Airport (ARK/HTAR). International flights arrive at Kilimanjaro, while domestic flights arrive at/depart from both airports.
The hotel is some 5 hours' drive from Nairobi in Kenya and some 9 hours' drive from Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast.
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Mount Meru Hotel
Arusha
Mount Meru Hotel is a big tourist class hotel in the outskirts of Arusha in northern Tanzania, next to the road to Moshi. Safari-goers mainly use the hotel for overnight stays in connection with flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ), which is a 45-minute drive from the hotel. The hotel is also the Arusha terminal for the shuttle buses to and from Nairobi.

Mount Meru Hotel has some 150 rooms and ten suites. All rooms have telephone an TV. The hotel has restaurant, bar, lounge, confenerce facilities and a swimming pool surrounded by a hotel garden, facing Arusha's 9-hole golf course.

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The hotel swimming pool.

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 colobus monkeys.

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.

 
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