Arusha National Park is just 32 km away from Arusha town, which was described by Sir Julian Huxley as “gem amongst parks.” It consists of three spectacular features, the Momela Lakes, Mount Meru and the Ngurdoto Crater and has an abundance of wildlife, fauna and flora. Magnificent views of both the Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru can be spotted on clear days from almost any part of the park. The vegetation and wildlife varies with the topology, which ranges from forest to swamp. The park is famous for its 575 species of bird-life, both migrant and resident, and black and white colobus monkeys. Other animals frequently seen in the park are baboon, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, hyena, zebra and a wide range of antelope species. Leopards are present but, as always, difficult to find. Recently added tourist attractions include canoe safaris on the Momela Lakes and walking safaris around the rim of the Ngurdoto Crater.