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  • Hi Rob and team, Just to say thank you so much for organising such a fantastic holiday for us. Every part of it was exciting and memorable, (sometimes a little too exciting!) and the variety was perfect. Both Impala camp and Kicheche Mara were fantastic. The setting of Kicheche Mara, especially, was stunning. Our guide at Impala, Gerard, was particularly great. He was brilliant with the kids and was a real inspiration to a budding zoologist like James. Similarly, Rosie and especially Simon at Sosian, were also fantastic with James and Imo. Simon made there stay a real ‘adventure’. They both felt very at home there! Giraffe Manor, as expected, was a completely memorable experience for everyone, and a real treat. Zanzibar provided a perfect bit of relaxation (not to mention a bit of education for us all) and the staff gave James a very special 12th birthday. Emakoko laid on 8 Rhino (2 extra in addition to the 6 that Jen had jokingly requested on entering the park!) plus a first class supper. Once again thanks very much for your hard work, it was very much appreciated.

    Nick, Jo, James and Imogen travelled on a family holiday to southern Tanzania and Kenya

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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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