A truly alluring destination
“The entrance gate leads into the shadowy Montane Forest, its canopy alive with playful black and white colobus and inquisitive blue monkeys. Colourful turacos and trogons build their nests in the trees…”
This small, often overlooked gem of a park is just 45 minutes drive from Arusha town – Tanzania’s self-styled safari capital. Here there’s the opportunity to explore an enchanting diversity of habitats. The Montane Forest is home to the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey (the only place on the northern safari circuit where they are easily seen), while the Momella Lakes allow kayakers to get up close to buffalo and waterbuck. The lakes also support a large seasonal concentration of flamingo.
In the midst of the forest lies the Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo, giraffe and warthog.
Not forgetting the grandstand views of Mount Meru and the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro.