Mkomazi National Park
Mkomazi National Park is located in on the Kenyan border, in Kilimanjaro Region and Tanga Region established as a game reserve in 1951. The Park covers up more than 3,234km2area, it’s a set of the verdant slopes of the spectacular Usambara and Pare Eastern Arc Mountain Ranges and overseen by iconic snow – capped peak of Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi is a virgin breath-taking beauty exhibiting unique natural treasures and immense sense of space – which adds to the fulfilment of high visitor’s enjoyment expectations – a much needed bridge between northern circuit and coastal attractions.
The name Mkomazi is the combination of two words, ‘Mko and Mazi’. Mako “means” a traditional tiny wooden spoon used by the Pare people for eating and Mazi “means” water. The Park is known best for its black rhinos but is also home to oryx, dik-dik, eland, and many birds and butterflies.
Diversity of Flora and Fauna, the only protected area where the large and visible population of Gerenuk can be spotted, and the large population of various mammals can be spotted including Wild Cats, Silver Backed Jackals, Lions, Cheetah, Leopards, Lesser Kudu, Giraffes, Grant’s gazelle, Hyenas, Hartebeest, Warthogs, Buffaloes, Elephants, and Zebra, with a good number of reptiles can be spotted including Python, crocodiles, and Agama Lizards. The Park has more than 450 bird’s species makes the place a great spot for bird viewing
Hiking at Mbula Hill Trait (5KM) which takes about 4hours to ascend and descend.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
June – early September is the best time for large mammal and bird watching.
March –Earl June, Scenic beauty is at its peak
There are few semi – permanent tented camp and lodge near the park headquarters and few designated basic campsites. And there are several small campsite, lodge, hotels and guest houses in Same and Hedaru town.
By road, Mkomazi is easily accessible via same, which lies on the surfaced highway connecting Arusha to Dar es Salaam. The Park is also easily accessible on special arrangement from Kilimanjaro airport, and the nearby existing tourist attractions in Eastern Arc Mountains, The Coast and Kilimanjaro Mountain.
Charter flights are available to Kisima airstrip.
WHAT TO DO
- Wildlife Safari
- Natural walk and bird watching Safari
- Mountain Biking, Trekking at Mbula(uphill) trail
- Photographic Safari, Camping Safari, Outdoor dining, picnic spots