Mt Meru, Tanzania’s second-highest peak at 4562m, is an almost perfectly-shaped volcanic cone, whose forested lower slopes shelter a variety of wildlife, tropical birds and monkeys. It is lovely to look at from afar, and challenging to climb. Surrounding the mountain is Arusha National Park, with plentiful wildlife and many birds. The black and white colobus monkey is easily spotted here, as are giraffes and zebras. Nearby, the alkaline Momella Lakes attract many flamingoes and other water birds. Another highlight is Ngurdoto Crater. Although you cannot descend its steep walls, there are several viewpoints to observe the buffaloes and other wildlife on the crater floor. Both the park and the mountain can be visited year-round. Birding is best from December to April, and wildlife spotting is best from August to November.