Arusha is situated in Northern Tanzania and surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. It is situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley and has a temperate climate. The city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.
Arusha city is normal start and end point for safaris in Northern Tanzania. It has its own airport for local destinations, whilst International flights are serviced by Kilimanjaro Airport.
There are regular bus services to and from Nairobi, Kenya.
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park covers Mount Meru, a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4566 m (14,980 feet) and is the second highest peak in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro, which is just 60 km away and forms a backdrop to views from the park to the east.
The park has a rich variety of wildlife, but does not have the same game-viewing experience found in other national parks of the region. Despite the small size of the park, common animals include giraffe, buffalo, zebra, warthog, the black-and-white colobus monkey, the blue monkey, flamingos and more. African elephants and leopards are present, but rarely seen, but there are no lions in the park. Birdlife in the forest is prolific. Walking tours are available, but you must be accompanied by an armed guide.