Arusha is a bustling town right next to Mount Meru. It is called the Safari capital because most safari excursions start here to the Northern Safari Circuit such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. It is also the starting point for Mount Meru hikes and visits to Arusha National Park. The town itself is a very busy place with lots of street markets and small shops nestled into a green scenery surrounded by forests and coffee plantations. If you have some extra time in Arusha, you can explore some of the local specialties.