Meserani Snake Park
Duka Bovu, Tanzania
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Spend Some Time with the Other East African LocalsLocated just outside of Arusha, Tanzania, the Meserani Snake Park offers a look at the local residents most travelers try to avoid and ones you (hopefully) won't see while out and about on safari. The park will remind you of the reptile house at your local zoo since it has similar animal viewing areas.
Here you can wander around and observe some 50 snakes like the black mamba, cobra, and python, just to name a few. You'll have the opportunity to hold some for yourself and judge whether the man-eating snake photos posted really happened.
If snakes aren't your thing, spend some time with the other residents- tortoises, crocodiles (pictured above), birds, and monitor lizards. No worries though- all animals have their pens and you can keep your distance.
And if that's not enough, you can visit the Maasai Cultural Museum that provides a look at maasai life- food, hunting, and the controversial female circumcision. You'll be ushered into a craft market afterwards- but be warned. The prices here are much higher than the markets in Arusha and have the exact same items.
Getting here: If you're staying at a hotel, ask the front desk to arrange the trip for you. If you are at a hostel or hotel without a front desk, you can grab a cab off the street in Arusha. Just make sure to clarify your destination and price before leaving!