Arusha National Park
Mt Meru is the main attraction is this small but very beautiful park, just 21km (13miles) outside of Arusha, and Africa’s fifth highest mountain with a height of: 14,979ft (4,566m).
Established in 1960 in an area of 137sq km (53 sq miles) the park has three very different areas:
El Kekhotoito – Big Momella – Little Momella – Tulusia, Lekandiro – Kusare – Rishateni,are as is usual along the rift valley, alkaline lakes.
Some of the lake supports enough of the Blue Green algae needed for the Flamingos which come to feed, while others support a varied bird life, over 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park.
This is a reserve within a reserve, it is not allowed for tourists to go down into the crater so the animals can be alone in the damp swamp which lies at the bottom of the crater.
The Momella Lakes
Were formed when Mt Meru blew its top and sides out in a torrent of mud and debris; it is thought that Mt Meru was probably higher than Kilimanjaro at some stage, until it blew out its top and entire eastern side. it is still a hard climb to the summit at 14,979ft.
The Park is well known for its Cape buffalo, which is reputed to be particularly bad tempered, it is always necessary to take a armed ranger when walking in the park! Other animals include: Elephant, Giraffe, Wart Hog, and Gazelles of different types and Black and White Colobus Monkeys.
Are very popular in the park, and many tourists enjoy stretching their legs after a long safari here. It is also often climbed before the attempt on Kilimanjaro in order to better acclimation oneself for the highest mountain in Africa – Kilimanjaro.