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Mkomazi National Park
Mkomazi - from a Game Reserve
to a National Park. It covers an area of about 3230 square km
of which 2010 square km is from the Game Reserve and rest from
the forest reserve. The name Mkomazi comes from the Pare language
and means "The Source of Water", referring to the Umba
River, which arises in the Usambaras and provides permanent source
of water to the area.
Mkomazi Game Reserve is excellent for birds. It is a scenic landscape
of Savannah vegitation and a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Endangered
species, particularly the black rhino and the wilddog, are protected
in Mkomazi through a project initiated by Tusk Trust in the 1990s.
The area is also famous for large migratory herds of Elephants,
Oryx and Zebra that wander through the park. By special arrangement
it is possible to walk all the way from the West Usambara Mountains,
through the Pare Mountains and down into Mkomazi Game Reserve,
an incredible hike of about 5 days.
Mkomazi lies roughly between the northern slopes off the Pare
and Usambara Mountains and the northern frontier, next to Tsavo
West National Park. Mkomazi is easily accesible by road and air.
It is about 6 km from Same town on the Arusha - Dar-es-salaam
Highway, 112 km from Moshi and 142 km from Kilimanjaro International
Things to Do:
Game-drives, Bird watching, sight-seeing, camping and walking
safaris. Learn more about conservation and rhinoceros at Mkomazi
Time to visit:
Late June – early September is best for large mammal and
bird watching. Scenic beauty is at its peak March – June.
It is the habitat of a large population of big and small mammals
including the carnivores, lesser kudus, Giraffes, Grant's Gazelle,
Hartebeest, Buffalos, Elephants and Zebras. It is the only protected
area in Tanzania with a large and visible population of Gerenuks,
an Antelope with a habit of getting up on its hind legs to browse
trees. The main predators' animals such as Lion, Hyena, Leopard
and Cheetah bound significantly.
There are about 400 species of birds, including the tawny eagle,
Ostrich, Parrots, pelicans, Ducks and Kingfishers.
The reptiles include Crocodiles in the Umba River, Pythons and
For safari packages,
please visit Northern
Circuit Safaris section on Packages page