15% Off Your Next Trip. Book Your Next Trip to Tanzania

Mkomazi National Park

Mkomazi National Park

The Mkomazi National Park is located in northeast Tanzania, between Moshi and Tanga. It is in a beautiful setting, with the Pare and Usambara mountains towering above its boundaries. Depending on the weather, Mount Kilimanjaro can also be seen from the park.

Visitors to Mkomazi National Park discover something special. Although it is not home to vast numbers of wildlife, it is a tranquil place, rarely visited, with exceptionally beautiful landscapes and an incredible story to tell.


It’s an ideal park if you want to experience vastness and remoteness. Very few visitors travel here, making it a secluded destination to take a break from the rest of the world.

Black Rhinos

Black Rhino ranged freely between Tsavo and Mkomazi. Then poaching erased them from the landscape. The Black Rhino Sanctuary reversed this situation and today you can see Rhinos at this park.

Predator & Prey

One of the longest running Wild Hunting Dog breeding programs exists at Mkomazi and they have successfully released ~200 dogs into the ecosystem. Giving you an excellent chance of seeing them.

From disaster to restoration

In 1951, Mkomazi was designated a Game Reserve. However, this did not stop the habitat turmoil that transpired. Persistent poaching erased the Black Rhino from the landscape, and elephant numbers plummeted to 11 individuals. At the same time, heavy grazing and annual burning led to extreme land degradation. A natural disaster was taking place.

1989 was a pivotal year in Mkomazi’s history. The Tanzania Government stepped in to resolve the situation, and they hired the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trusts (GAWPT) to restore the reserve and re-introduce the Black Rhino and the African Wild Hunting Dog.  Tony Fitzjohn, George Adamson’s (Born Free) successor, managed the project.

Over the years, Tony and his team established vast kilometres of roads, fences and water systems. A team of rangers and an air unit started patrolling the park for ivory poachers whilst breeding programs for Wild Dog and Black Rhino were established. It was a huge task. Importantly, the local community was involved, and several projects were set up, including ‘Rafiki wa Faru’ (Friends of the Rhinos), which teaches young school children about the park’s conservation work.

Today, over ~500 elephants have been recorded and ~200 Wild Hunting Dogs run free. It is home to Eland, Zebra, Buffalo, Hartebeest, Giraffe, and Warthog. Moreover, it is also one of the best places to see large herds of Oryx and Gerenuk roaming freely in the open bushland. Other small and large mammals that call Mkomazi their home include Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Hyenas, and Jackals. However, sightings of the larger predators are rarer.

A healthy population of ~450 bird species are also found in the park and several species can be seen during a game drive. The most commonly seen species include Go-away birds, Ostriches, Long-crested eagles, Hoopoes and Bustards. Around the Umba River, sightings of Kingfishers, Flamingos, Cormorants, Plovers, and Ducks.

When to Go

You can visit Mkomazi National Park all year round. However, the best time to go to Mkomazi National Park is the dry season, from June to October. This season has the best weather and it is the best time to see the wildlife. June is the coolest month and October the warmest.

The Umba River in the southeast east corner of park is the only river existing in the area and wildlife can be seen here in the dry season. Thankfully the park authorities have constructed a dam supplying multiple water points in several areas which means animals can stay in the park during the dry season.

Dry Season - June to October

Ideal for seeing the wildlife and the rhinos at the visitors centre.

Green Season - March to May

The best time for photographing Mount Kilimanjaro thanks to clear skies and green landscapes.

Why to Go

Undiscovered and underappreciated

You may leave this park with a promise to return. Visited by so few people, you can expect a tranquil experience in nature, surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Yes, the number of animals here is lower compared to other parks, but thanks to the hard work going on, this is an evolving situation. Only 11 elephants remained in the park in the late 1980s. Today, ~500 migrate back and forwards from Tsavo National Park. Plus, seeing a Black Rhino is guaranteed if you visit the Rhino Visitor Centre. This truly is a lovable park.

Things to Do

A unique opportunity to see Black Rhino and Wild Hunting Dogs

Mkomazi is an excellent place to not only see but also learn about Tanzania’s wildlife and conservation management.

Reasons On Why Going On Safari With Us

Choose Nyamera Treks & Safaris for an unforgettable safari with expert guides, tailored packages, and luxurious accommodations. Enjoy unique experiences like the Great Migration and support conservation and local communities. Nyamera Treks & Safaris ensures a memorable adventure.

Best Vehicles

We use only new Land Cruisers produced in 2016-2023 and fitted with a fridge, Wi-Fi and sockets

Smart Planning

Our team of qualified safari experts knows how to tailor your adventure to your individual travel style

Licensed Operator

Annually approved for tour operating activities by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism

Quality Control

We personally inspect every lodge and park before they land on your travel itinerary

Experience Africa with Us

Discover the adventure of a lifetime with Nyamera Treks and Safaris. Experience thrilling game drives, intimate walking safaris, and serene boat trips, all guided by experts. Enjoy up-close encounters with the Big Five, visits to Maasai villages, and luxurious accommodations. Book now for an unforgettable, personalized safari adventure!