The park is small but varied with spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas. Established in 1960 in an area of 137sq km (53 sq miles) the park has three very different areas: The Mt Meru Crater, The Ngurdoto Crater and the Momella Lakes.
The park is the closet to Arusha Town, the park covers mount meru which is elevated at 4566m. The park and offers the opportunity to explore different habitats within a few hours. The shadowy montane forest is inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colourful turacos and trogons. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog.
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