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Arusha National Park

At about 53 square miles, Arusha National Park is considered diminutive when compared to other preserves in Africa, yet it offers safari-goers a broad range of habitats to explore in a short period of time. From forests to lakes to the magnificent Ngurdoto Crater, travelers can experience it all in about a day's time.

If mountains are your thing, Mount Meru, the fifth highest mountain in Africa at 14,990 feet, is located within the park's grounds and provides an excellent venue for hiking. The legendary Mount Kilimanjaro is only about 30 miles away and can be seen in the distance. The park, which is located in northern Tanzania, is home to such wildlife as giraffes, leopards, spotted hyenas and herds of zebra.