One of Tanzania's spectacular safari jewels, the Arusha National Park offers a veritable mosaic of colorful landscapes. The shimmering blue of the lovely Momela Lakes in the north section of the park is perfectly complemented by the emerald grassy steppes that surround it. Dotting this sprawling landscape are all kinds of exotic species, from vibrantly winged turacos and trogons to blue monkeys, giraffes and zebra. The most striking feature of the park however, is easily the majestic Mount Meru whose pinnacle can be seen once the morning haze clears.
At an imposing altitude of 14967.19 feet (4562 meters), the Mount Meru gains the status of the second highest mountain in Tanzania, and the fourth highest in all of Africa. It is located to the west of the mighty and more glorified Mount Kilimanjaro and lies within the confines of the Arusha National Park. A gigantic mountain in its own right, Mount Meru is more popularly ascended by mountaineers as a acclimatization exercise for the more strenuous climb of the Mount Kilimanjaro.