ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

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It is the closest national park to Arusha town – northern Tanzania’s safari capital – and offers the opportunity to explore different habitats within a few hours. The shadowy montane forest is inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colourful turacos and trogons. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog. The tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes sometimes host thousands of flamingos, the lakes support a rich selection of resident and migrant waterfowl, and shaggy waterbucks display their large lyre-shaped horns on the watery fringes. The landscape is dominated by the peak of Mt Meru, Tanzania’s second highest mountain, while on clear days the snow-capped cone of Mt Kilimanjaro is visible about 50 kms away.