The closest national park to the town of Arusha – Northern Tanzania’s safari capital – Arusha National Park is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked on an African safari, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats just a short distance from the starting place of most Tanzanian safaris.

The entrance gate to this 212 sq mile park leads into shadowy montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colorful turacos and trogons; this is also 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.