Start with pickup at your hotel in Arusha at 8am, then begin the 50-minute drive to Arusha National Park, passing through a scenic landscape of coffee plantations and small villages. Upon arrival at the park, joined an armed ranger for a walking tour across the plains, heading up the ascent route on the side of Mount Meru for panoramic views of the park—the towering stratovolcano is long dormant, and is among the tallest mountains in Africa.
Head back to the vehicle and drive to the nearby Momella Lakes, a series of seven alkaline lakes that draw flamingoes throughout the year. You can enjoy the view with a picnic lunch (additional cost of USD $10), with the option to add a canoe safari across the lake (canoe safari is not included in the price of this tour).
Alternately, spend the afternoon on a relaxed game drive through Arusha National Park, watching for some of the Cape buffalo, giraffes, zebras, and monkeys that live within the relatively small reserve. At the end of the afternoon, begin the return trip to Arusha, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.