Mkomazi National Park

SerengetiSet below the verdant slopes of the spectacular Usambara and Pare Eastern Arc Mountain ranges and overseen by iconic snow – capped peak of Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi a virgin breathtaking beauty exhibiting unique natural treasures and immense sense of space - adds to the fulfillment of high visitor enjoyment expectations – a much needed bridge between northern circuit and coastal attractions.

Everyday, thousands of people pass within a few kilometers of Mkomazi on one of Tanzania’s busiest highways. These and northern circuit safari – goers are now most welcome to discover the treasures of this wedge of hilly semi – arid savannah – home of large herds of giraffe, eland, hartebeest, zebra, buffalo and elephant.

Mkomazi is vital refuge for two highly endangered species, the charismatic black rhino and sociable African wild dog, both of which were successfully reintroduced in the 1990s. Nomadic by nature, wild dog might be seen almost anywhere in the park, but black rhino are restricted to a fenced sanctuary, ensuring their safe keeping for future generations enjoyment and prosperity.

Mkomazi supports several dry – country specialists species that are rare elsewhere in Tanzania; these include the spectacular fringe – eared oryx, with its long back – sweeping horns, and the handsome spiral – horned lesser kudu. Oddest of all is the gerenuk, a gazelle distinguished by its slender neck, bizarre alien – like head, and habit of standing tall on its hind legs stretch for acacia leaves that other browsers cannot reach.

A game reserve since 1951, this new National Park takes its name from Pare tribe’s word for “scoop of water”, referring to little water. It is a fantastic destination for birdwatchers, with more than 450 avian species recorded, among them dry – country endemics such as the cobalt – chested vulturine guineafowl, other large ground birds such as ostrich, kori bustard, secretary bird, ground hornbill and some migratory species including Eurasian roller.

Mkomazi National Park itenerary

If you appreciate inspiring and rare nature you should spend three days in Tanzania’s latest National Park, Mkomazi, an authentic area seldomly visited by tourists.
If you want to combine this with a safari to Serengeti and Ngorongoro, or with a beach stay on Zanzibar, just let us know and we would be happy to give you your personalized  itinerary.

Ideal for:
• lovers of nature and secluded atmosphere
• if you wish to go ‘off the beaten track’
• if you appreciate relaxing in a quiet inspiring surrounding
• bird watchers
• for a quiet and slow safari start before going on the Northern Circuit
• for repeaters

Program

• starts and ends in Arusha/Kilimanjaro
• ideally added to any safari package at the beginning or the end

Day 1: Arusha/Kilimanjaro – Mkomazi National Park

From Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport you will head eastwards away from the famous ‘Northern Circuit’ into the opposite direction. You pass famous Mount Kilimanjaro and the Northern Pare Mountains until you reach Mkomazi National Park, once a game reserve and now Tanzania’s latest National Park. The journey takes some 3 – 3,5 hours. Mkomazi is located between the two mountain ranges of the Pare and the Usambara Mountains and serves as a buffer to the adjacent Tsavo National Park in Kenya.
Reach your camp for lunch . After lunch you start exploring the national Park
Accommodation is at Babu’s Camp, a small initimate tented camp under age old Baobab Trees, ideal for those seeking peace and solitude in a real ‘Out of Africa’ ambience.
Overnight at Babu’s Camp at Mkomazi National Park. Lunch and dinner included.

Day 2: Mkomazi National Park

Spend a full day of game driving around the park. . Although there are not as many animals as in some of the more well-known national parks, the wonderful landscape alternating from sparse tree savannas to grassland more than compensates for this. Due to better protection measures put in place, the number of animals has steadily increased since its declaration as a National Park.
Besides a multitude of other game like kudu, elephants, giraffs, zebras, hardbeasts, it has the largest population of Eland and Gerenuk antelopes in Tanzania. Bird enthusiasts can observe approximately 450 recorded species of bird life.
Mkomazi is also famous for its breeding projects of African wild dogs, as well as the rare black rhino run by the George Adamson/Tony Fitzjohn African Wildlife Preservation Trust. If possible you can visit the project and see the wild dogs and rhinos.
Overnight at Babu’s Camp at Mkomazi National Park. All meals included.

Day 3: Mkomazi Game Reserve-Arusha / Kilimanjaro

Today you go out and explore the park on an early morning game which takes you up to Dindira Dam where often drinking animals can be watched. Enjoy your bush breakfast under open sky before returning to the camp for lunch. After lunch you depart and return to Arusha/Kilimanjaro.

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Gemma Fergus

We had a brilliant trip thanks to our guide Leonard who has vast knowledge of the parks and animals... →

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