Arusha National Park

Around 40 minutes drive away from Arusha, this park is the nearest from the town. The Arusha National Park is a jewel with many facets, too often ignored by tourists, as it offers the opportunity to explore an enchanting variety of different habitats within a few hours.

The entrance gate opens one trail that leads directly into the shadow of a mountain forest inhabited by inquisitive tailed monkeys, with the crown and Trogons touracos -- only place in northern Tanzania, where one can easily observe the acrobatic black and white colobus. In the middle of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky slopes surrounding a large wetland area is rich in buffaloes and warthogs.

Further north, rolling hills covered with grass bordering the tranquil beauty of lake Momela, each a different shade of blue or green. Their shallow sides sometimes fill with thousands of pink flamingos. The lakes are home to a rich variety of aquatic birds, both migratory and resident, and waterbucks walking their horns on the banks. Giraffes roam the grassy hills, herds of zebras graze while dik-dik with stare with big eyes in scrubby bushes on their slender legs.

Although elephants are uncommon in Arusha National Park, such as lions, it is possible to see leopards and spotted hyenas, early morning or late afternoon. It is also at dawn or dusk that the veil of clouds to the east dissipates, revealing the majestic snow-capped slopes of Kilimanjaro, only 50 kilometers away (30 miles).

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