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Parc national d'Arusha

25 km N-E of Arusha, this 137 km² park is interesting above all by its landscapes. Quiet place because there are no big predators. It contains 5 lakes inhabited by a colony of pink flamingos and a wonderful crater, Ngurdoto Crater (no vehicles allowed) where buffalos, giraffes, warthogs and baboons are living together. The visit can be arranged with the ascension of Mount Meru, 4565 m, fifth highest mountain of Africa.


Momella lodge, on the night, buffaloes are eating grass and zorilla is walking...


One of Momella's lakes...


Ngurdoto crater, landscape of luxury equatorial vegetation...


A blue monkey, Cercopithecus mitis...


Is it possible to climb a part of the Mount Meru with a ranger, because buffaloes are never far...


Waterbuck is an elegant antelope...


Bee eaters are delicate birds with wonderful colors...


The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all land-living animal species. Males can be 4.8 to 5.5 metres (16 to 18 feet) tall and weigh up to 1,360 kilograms (3,000 pounds). The record-sized bull was 5.87 m (19.2 feet) tall and weighed approximately 2,000 kg (4,400 lbs.). Females are generally slightly shorter and weigh less than the males do. Giraffe from Arusha are Masai or Kilimanjaro Giraffe (G.c. tippelskirchi) — jagged-edged, vine-leaf shaped spots of dark chocolate on a yellowish background.


Peter's Angolan Colobus or Tanzanian Black-and-white Colobus, Colobus angolensis palliatus, is very difficult to photograph...


A touching blue monkey. Picture © Daniel Gremion

Pictures © Pierre-Yves Vaucher

© 2003 Nameloksafaris, Christopher KIVUYO.