Arusha National Park
Arusha is a national park of Tanzania, organized in 1960 and then occupying the land of the Ngurdoto crater and the Mommella lake and was then called Ngurdoto-Creiter. Later, Meru volcano joined the park, then the park got its current name, and the territory increased to 137 km2.
Arusha National Park lies between the Kilimanjaro and Meru Mountains, 25 kilometers from the city of Arusha. Nearby is also the city of Moshi and Kilimanjaro International Airport. Arusha is divided into 3 zones: the Ngurdoto crater, Mommella lakes and Meru Mountains. Ngurdoto was closed to visitors, you can look at its territory from observation platforms. Momella Lakes are a cluster of small alkaline lakes, fueled by underground springs. All lakes have different colors from turquoise to emerald, and hundreds of pink flamingos and a large number of other birds have chosen their shores. The Meri volcano, 4565 meters high, is the 5th largest mountain in Africa and the 2nd in Tanzania. The name of the park and the city came from the name of the Varush tribe, who populate these places, but before that Masai and almost all the names of the objects in the Masai district lived here.
Only in Arusha does a fat-bodied monkey live, in addition to them, in a shady forest near the entrance to the park, you can meet annoying blue monkeys, as well as bizarre black and white strabes who love to jump between trees. At the Ngurdoto crater, you can observe warthogs and quite often large herds of buffaloes spin there. Arusha Park is also famous for its birds, of which more than 400 species are found here. From the guests it is worth noting: herons, woodpeckers, parrots, bird secretaries. Many of them can be found in Momella lakes, which look great when birds flock to them.
The landscape is quite unusual for volcanoes and in particular the Meru Mountains, dared to not climb, will discover pristine species of wildlife that complement the beauty of the Kilimanjaro Mountain and the Cracks Valley.
Arusha Park is located in an overpopulated area where every piece of land is important. And plans to increase the territory of the park have one goal - to protect the surrounding lands from human buildings.