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Mkomazi National Park

Mkomazi is a surprisingly little known natural treasure and a welcome stepping stone between the northern safari circuit and the east coast. You become immersed in the Vast beauty surrounding you perched below the lush Usambara and Pare Eastern Arch Mountains, while catching a glimpse of snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro in the distance. Here, wildlife is not about quantity, but about quality.

Mkomazi national park began as a game reserve in 1951 before announced as National park by the Government. Conservation work plays an important role: In 1989 the Tony Fitzjohn/George Adamson Africa Wildlife Preservation intensified by TANAPA when Mkomazi become a National Park in 2008. The park it covers 3,276 km2 and Stretches 130 km from northwest to southeast.

Height 230-760 m, plus several mountains in the west: Maji kununua (1,594 m, Kinondo 1,620 m).

The number of mammals isn’t as high as in the more famous parks-particularly in the dry season the plains are too arid for big herds of grazers- yet the variety is remarkable. Elephants feel equally at home here as in the bordering Tsavo. Together with other migratory species, such as Zebra, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Kongoni, Buffalo and Eland, you can spot them all over the park.

Mkomazi will undoubtedly treat you to a truly special sighting of rare wildlife species. It is the only area in Tanzania where spotting Gerenuk, Oryx and Lesser Kudi, is just a matter of a little patience. What’s more, Mkomazi is a refuge for the endangered Black Rhino and Wild dog. Two conservation projects are booking promising results: the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary – that resulted in successful breeding – and the Wild dog capture and Translocation Programme that successfully released a few dozen dogs into the wild in the last decade.

The treasure hunt continues with spectacular avifauna. A part from the usual suspects in northern Tanzania, you could encounter species that are hardly to be found anywhere else. So, keep an eye out for Friedmann’s lark, the Violet wood-hoopoe, Somali long – billed crombec and Shelley’s starling. The Cobalt chested Vulturine guineafowl and large ground birds such as Ostrich, Secretary bird and Kori bustard are also typical residents. When you spot, a Hyrax don’t forget to look up: a colossal verreaux’s eagle might be circling above your head, eagerly awaiting his chance to strike.