In the middle of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthogs. At dusk and dawn the veil of clouds on the Eastern horizon is most likely to clear, revealing the majestic snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro.
But it is Kilimanjaro’s cousin, Mount Meru (the fifth highest in Africa at 4,566 metres) that dominates the park’s horizon. Its peaks and Eastern slopes are protected within the National Park, and Meru offers unparalleled views of its famous neighbor, while also forming a rewarding hiking destination in its own.
Getting thereAn easy 40-minute drive from Arusha. Approximately 60 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lakes, forest and Ngurdoto Crater can all be visited in the course of a half-day outing at the beginning or end of an extended Northern safari.
What to do- Forest walks, numerous picnic sites.
- 3-4 days Mt. Meru climb (good acclimatization for Kilimanjaro).
- Game drive
- Canoe trip in the lake
When to goTo climb Mt. Meru: June-February, although it may rain in November.
Best views of Kilimanjaro: December-February.
Game drive: The whole year.