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Momella Lakes - Ngurdoto Crater


Momella Lakes -  Arusha National Park

Momella Lakes, group of shallow alkaline lakes that are fed by underground streams. They differ in mineral contents and algae that cause the colors of their water also to differ slightly. The mineral and algae present in these lakes attract and support many water birds including flamingos Egyptian goose, and fowls. Among the lakes in Momella is lake Rishetani, which is green in color, Great Momella Lake with a variety of birds. There are also Tulusia and Lekandiro Lakes, as well as the Small Momella Lake, in which groups of hippopotamus can also be seen. The lakes are within the Arusha National Park Safari. Canoeing safari is a tourist attraction which has been introduced around one of the lakes in Momella Ngurdoto Crater  is well known as mini-Ngorongoro. It is a 3 kilometer wide, and 400 meters deep volcanic caldera, is a part of Arusha National Park. The crater is under the government protection;  there is no road to the crater and visitors are not permitted to go there.  However, there are some points at the crater rim dedicated to enable people to have a good view of the crater floor and Mount Kilimanjaro from a distance.
Large herds of buffalo can be seen on the crater floor, warthog, the black and white Colobus, and blue monkey can be found in the forests around the crater slopes.  

Activities: It is perfect place for walking excursion; actually it is the only national park in the north in which walking is permitted (walking with an armed ranger).

Visiting: Arusha National Park can be visited throughout the year, but best months to climb Meru Mountain are June-February although it may rain in November. Best views of Kilimanjaro December-February.

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