Arusha National Park (and Mount Meru)

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  • Richard and Jacqueline combined Southern Tanzania with the Kenya coastDear Rob, Jackie and I would like to thank you and your associates for the splendid luncheon last week. It was great to talk to other safari enthusiasts and share our experiences. Further thanks for the support and guidance you gave in helping us decide our choice of safari. Southern Tanzania was an excellent choice and gave us another perspective having seen Kruger and Kenya. Tenting was a great experience and one which I think we will repeat. I think its fair to say that we did not see as many animals as we anticipated although we saw most species. You did warn us about that. We saw Cheetah and Leopard which was on our list and to some extent the lack of animals was compensated by the birds we saw which were amazing. The Management, service, food and accommodation at both camps was excellent but the Bandas at Mwagusi were outstanding. Eight days was long enough for us and the respite in Diani Beach at Asha Cottage was just right. Overall the trip was excellent and we are looking forward to next year, whatever style of holiday that will be.Richard and Jacqueline combined Southern Tanzania with the Kenya coast

    Richard and Jacqueline combined Southern Tanzania with the Kenya coast

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Arusha National Park (and Mount Meru)

Arusha National Park lies on the eastern slopes of Mount Meru, just outside Arusha, and stretches towards Kilimanjaro. Covering some 550 sq. kms, the diversity of habitat is bewildering – alpine desert on the summit of Meru descending through open heathland dotted with lobelia and montane forest to savannah woodland, rolling hills of grassland and the Momella lakes. In the heart of the park lies the Ngurdoto Crater, like the Ngorongoro, a collapsed caldera.

The scenic splendour of Arusha is matched by the variation in wildlife species. Of the Big 5, you’re only likely to see buffalo, but giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, dik dik, warthog and bushbuck are common, and some special species include the black & white colobus and blue monkey. The birdlife is spectacular with over 650 species recorded. Flamingo and waterfowl dominate some of the Momela lakes, and the forest is home to such splendours as the Narina trogon, scarlet-tufted sunbird, Kenrick’s and Abbott’s starling, rufous sparrow, red-throated tit and bat hawk.

Walks and canoe excursions are part of the Arusha experience and can be enjoyed alongside traditional game-viewing drives. Alternatively, undertake a 3 or 4 day climb of Mount Meru.

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