Once described as a “little gem” this relatively unknown game park in Northern Tanzania, lies between the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru at an altitude of over 5,000 feet (1,530 meters). Three distinct ecosystems define the park: Momella Lakes with their prolific birdlife; Mt. Meru Crater with its heavy concentration of wildlife, and the enchanting miniature Ngurdoto Crater where Cape Buffalo dot the swampy floor from a view at the rim. The park is also home to Colobus Monkey, many giraffe, bush buck and elephant. Since it is close to Arusha it is often the first park you will visit on your safari. Outside of Arusha, many visitors stay in the park at Momella Lodge (known for John Wayne’s famous “Hatari” film). Where sunrise offers magnificent views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru.