Horses riding: horses are trained and ridden for practical working purposes such as in police work or for controlling herd animals on a ranch. They are also used in competitive sports including, but not limited to, dressage, endurance riding, eventing, reining, show jumping, tent pegging, vaulting, polo, horse racing, driving, and rodeo.
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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.
Horse riding,best time to do:
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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