The little gem in Tanzania’s ‘Northern Safari Circuit’ is 40 minutes drive from the safari gateway town of Arusha. Many unknowing visitor heads straight for other nearby safari destinations without leaving time to visit this scenic park, which is always a mistake if time is on your side.

The lush swamps of the Ngurdodo Crater, changing colours of Momela Lakes and rugged alpine peaks of Mt Meru give the park its diversity where the habitat ranges from highland montane forest to lowland swamp. The major peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru surround the park giving it a certain majestic appearance.

Excluding the lion and the rhino, black and white colobus monkey’s, blue monkeys, olive baboons, elephants, giraffe, hipppo, leopard, hyena, zebra and a wide range antelopes habit the park, which is also famed for its 400 species of birds, both migrant and resident.

Short rains are November and December when it gets hot and humid, and the long rains are from March to June. Typically it is dry in the cooler winter months of July to October, which is the best time to view game.


The park covers an area about 53 miles² (137km²)

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