This small but spectacular national park is located very close to Moshi and Arusha regions, and features some of Tanzania ‘s most varied and beautiful scenarios. Highlights include Mt. Meru, Ngurdoto crater and the Momela lakes. See Mountain Trekking for information about trekking on Mt. Meru.
The park ranges in altitude from 1500 m to 4566 m (the summit of Mt. Meru), resulting in several different vegetation zones from open grasslands to high altitude forests.
Wildlife highlights include 400 species of resident and migratory birds, including huge flocks of large and lesser flamingos in the alkaline waters of the awesome Momela lakes.
Resident mammals include Hyena, Buffalo, Klipspringer, Gerenuk, Black and white Colobus and Blue Monkeys. Varieties of tropical Snakes, Chameleons, Alligators, Tortoise and Turtles display at close range at the Reptile and snake farm.
Walking safaris are available but should be accompanied by an armed ranger. The park is most ideal for a day’s trip from Moshi / Arusha.