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Arusha National Park
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Arusha National Park


... is a relatively small but interesting conservation area that extends over just 137 square kilometres and which is easily accessible from the town of Arusha in Tanzania Northeast.

The reserve is centred on Mount Meru, which represents a significant two or three night trek, sometimes used as a warm up for Mount Kilimanjaro.

The majority of visitors come for the pretty scenery, with areas of lakes and volcanic craters, plus some significant wildlife. There are some excellent hiking trails in the park, as well as some modest canoeing. Perhaps the biggest single draw are the famed views over Mount Kilimanjaro. There are also Hollywood connections with the renowned John Wayne movie "Hatari" having been shot here in the 1950's.

The main potential downsides for Arusha National Park include the fact that the wildlife here is rather elusive, the views of Mount Kilimanjaro area very unreliable and there is significant human encroachment around the periphery.

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