This park has three distinct zones:

Ngurdoto Crater;

the shallow alkaline Momella Lakes fed by underground streams (upon which rest thousands of lesser and greater flamingoes, and many migrant birds can be seen between May and October);

the densely forested slopes of Mount Meru (one of the rewarding mountains to climb in Africa and where, among other animal species, live blue monkeys and beautiful black and white colobus monkeys).

Other attractions in the park include the elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, hippo, various antelopes, leopard and hyena.

The park is 21 km from Arusha on the main Arusha - Moshi road. A network of gravel roads and tracks navigable by two wheel-drive vehicle link the park's main features and viewing points. Nevertheless, a few roads require 4WD vehicles.

Park Regulations

Those driving around the park can do without a guide. But due to the danger posed by wild animals (especially buffaloes), those on foot must take an armed guide or ranger. The same is required before climbing Mount Meru. Guides and rangers can be hired from the park headquarters at momela. Driving and walking around the Ngurdoto Crater rim is allowed, but walking down to the crater floor is forbidden.

Visitor facilities include camp sites, mountain huts, a rest house and a tourist lodge.

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