Canoeing is a sport or recreational activity which involves paddling a canoe with a single-bladed paddle. In some parts of Europe canoeing refers to both canoeing and kayaking, with a canoe being called an Open canoe.
National canoe associations include the American, Canadian, British, Scottish, and Welsh. A recreational form of canoeing is canoe camping. Others include a wide range of casual canoeing on lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. Source: Wikipedia
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Arusha national park is often off of many tourist because the park is amazing of its diversity of habitats you will find swamps, open plains, mountain forest and volcanoes all compressed within a distance of 35 km from Arusha city. Arusha national park is the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog.
Only 45 minutes from central Arusha, this is the most accessible of Tanzania’s Northern circuit parks, often overlooked by tour operators and visitors. At just over 212 square miles (542 sq. km), it s located between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru mountain.
Within the park there are three broad areas to be found: Ngurdoto Crater (surrounded by forest), the Momela Lakes (alkaline) and Mount Meru (lush forest and bare rock). These are all at varying altitudes and as a result have very different vegetation – it is all this that helps to make this such a diverse park to visit.
Despite its small size, Arusha National Park has a rich variety of wildlife. Within the park’s three vegetation zones, many different kinds of animals can be found. Near water, reedbuck and waterbuck can be spotted, while shy bushbuck and duiker keep to the forested parts of the park. The Mount Meru eco-system is especially diverse, and home to some of the more elusive larger mammals, such as leopard and hyena.
Almost 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park, along with wide butterflies and other wildlife. Some of them are migratory and only present between October and April, others are permanent residents. Especially the Momela lakes are a great place for bird watching, which host a large concentration of waterbirds, including flamingos. There is also a variety of raptors, which hide in the forested areas of Mount Meru.
The park is only 137km², but includes a diverse range of habitats. There are three distinct areas to be found: Ngurdoto Crater, the Momella Lakes and the rugged Mount Meru. Correlated to the altitude and geology of Arusha National Park you can find mountain rainforests, open savannah, alkaline lakes and even a volcanic crater.
Mount Meru stand at 4, 566 ( 14,980ft), the fifth- highest mountain in Africa.
On clear days you get great views of Mount Meru, which is Africa’s fifth highest mountain and within the parks boundary. You can also see across to Kilimanjaro – which is 50km away.
Best time to visit:
Climbing Mount meru: June to February, although it may rain in November. Best views of Kilimanjaro: December to February.
Activity in the park:
Mountain climbing (Mount Meru), Horse riding, bird-viewing, game driving, canoeing in the big Momella Lake.
There are two airports near Arusha: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is 40km east of town, off the main highway between Arusha and the mountain. JRO is used for larger international flights from Kenya, Nairobi and Europe, as well as regional safari connections in Tanzania. The much smaller Arusha Airport, on the town’s western fringes, is a minor hub for Tanzanian regional flights.
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Lake Manyara is Size: 330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to200 sq km (77 sq miles) is lake when water levels are high.The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.
Manyara National Park’s contains a wide variety of habitats, which include lush groundwater forests, a swampy fan delta, acacia woodlands and a small grassy plain. This varied habitat attracts a wide variety of wildlife animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, and the algae growing in the lake, attract large flocks of flamingos. This African National Wildlife Park therefore supports a great variety of animals. Lake Manyara main safari attraction is its rich bird life, its tree-climbing lions and its hippos and other animals, which can be observed here, at very close.
Lake Manyara most visible predators, and also its prime tourist attraction are lions, famous for their habit of climbing trees. Why the lions of Lake Manyara National Park and not those of nearby Serengeti and Ngorongoro spend so much time in trees remains a mystery. The acacia (umbrella trees) woodlands south of the Msasa River, do however provide an ideal spot for the Lions to retreat to, in the heat of the day. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world — a fact that accounts for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.
The enormous amount of groundwater pouring through the rock of the escarpment in this area, has created the ideal habitat from fresh produce and local farmers grow everything ranging from bananas to maize in Mto wa mbu. Mto wa mbu means” mosquito creek/ river”, is ery malaria so make sure you put on lots of insect repellent.
In lake Manyara you can see a lots of animals such us impala, giraffe, zebra and elephant are also comoon in this area. A diverse collection of water birds pelicans, storks, cormorants, gees and duck all congregate in abudance around of Lake Manyara. Lake Manyara shoreline is coloured of thousands of pink flamingo.
Past the Bagayo River, an area most notable for its majestic baobab trees, lays Maji Moto Ngogo a fresh but hot water spring (40°C). Near the end of the park a second set of hot water springs, Maji Moto bubbling around (60°C) can be seen – a good place to boil your eggs for lunch!
Canoeing, a good time to visit: Canoeing when the water levels is sufficiently high. Night game drives, game drives, village cultural tours, mountain biking, walk though Kirurumu Gorge, visit to local banana plantation, bush lunch/dinner, hot air balloon rides, abseiling (rappelling).
Canoeing,best time to do: Dry season (July to October) for large mammals; Wet season (November to June) for bird watching and canoeing.
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