Just 32 kilometers from Arusha lies the Arusha National Park.
It was described by Sir Julian Huxley as " a gem amongst
parks". It has spectacular features; the Momela Lakes, Mount
Meru and the Ngurodoto Crater. The park's altitude varies between
1,500 meters to more than 4,500 meters and covers 137 square kilometers.
On clear days magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen
from almost any part of the park. The vegetation and wildlife
varies with the topography which ranges from forest to swamp.
The park is famous for its 400 species of birdlife, including
the pelicans and flamingos. Animals frequently seen in the park
are black and white colobus monkey baboon, elephant, buffalo,
giraffe, hippo, zebra and a wide range of antelope species. The
reptiles include tortoises, geckos, lizards, monitor lizards,
and different kinds of snakes.