It must be more than 20 times that I have visited “our” Arusha National Park and it keeps on amazing me, every time again.
The mighty Mount Meru, the Momela lakes and its flamingos, the Ngurdoto Crater with great viewpoints on both Meru and Kilimanjaro and its rare Colobus monkeys in the surrounding forest and the massive quanties of giraffes across the National Park are for sure not the only features of this much underrated safari destination.
Yesterday, we went with James Wolstencroft, Arusha’s one and only Birdman, to look at the park with bird watcher’s eyes. And although I’m not an expert, I must say I was fascinated from the very first minute by the knowledge of our experienced English guide. Within minutes, we spotted the only couple of Saddle Billed Storks living in the park, followed by spur-winged Goose, Sacred Ibis, Black Headed Herons, Egrets, a couple of Grey Crowned Cranes, red-billed Oxpeckers,… It almost looked like a set-up. The trophy of the day were for sure the red-fronted Parrots which we discovered standing on a 2200 meter Kilimanjaro viewpoint on Mount Meru.
Experience over five decades, across four continents, has given James the broader view of nature which these days very few wildlife professionals seem to have.
James writes daily about the natural world and has been leading bird watching and nature tours for over twenty years.
Much, much more can be found on Birdman’s website or directly on his blog Birding in Arusha National Park – A Safari In Itself
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you like to include one or more days with birdman in your safari or while staying at Onsea House in Arusha.