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Getting there
Mount Meru Game Sanctuary is situated a 20-minute drive east of Arusha, 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ) and 30–45 minutes (depending on traffic) from Arusha Airport (ARK/HTAR). International flights arrive at/depart from Kilimanjaro, while domestic flights arrive at/depart from both Kilimanjaro and Arusha.
The lodge is some 5–6 hours' drive from Nairobi in Kenya and 8–9 from Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast.
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Mount Meru Game Sanctuary
Arusha
Mount Meru Game Sanctuary is a good lodge situated between Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ) in northern Tanzania. Apart from the rooms, set in bungalows, there is a restaurant, lounge and a gift shop. Breakfast is often served outdoors in the lush lodge garden, surrounded by forest. The atmosphere is quiet and calm. It's a really nice place to stay.

The lodge has a large enclosure functioning as a zoo for a mix of animals, of which many have been brought there as orphans or because of injuries. There are elands, zebras, buffalos, wild cats, and a good mix of big birds, including ostriches. Monkeys are often seen in the trees.

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Wildlife and safaris
Mount Meru Game Sanctuary is set in a rural area, and some small mammals, especially monkeys, can be seen. The lodge itself has some animals, although watching them can hardly be described as safari.

Arusha National Park
The lodge is close to the road to Arusha National Park, which is less than 30 minutes away. 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.

Light and neat room.

Bungalow at Mount Meru Game Sanctuary.

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 bushbuck 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 2.5 hours' drive from the lodge, 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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