Mkomazi National Park Tanzania, Attractions & Lodges
Mkomazi National Park is located in the Northern part of Tanzania in the Tanga region bordered by the famous Tsavo National Park of Kenya hence migration of herds of elephants, Oryx, and zebras between these two parks. Mkomazi National park is a merge of 2 previous game reserves, the Umba Game Reserve in the East and the Mkomazi Game reserve in the West.
In 1951, it was first established as a game reserve, and later in 2006, it was upgraded to a national park. Mkomazi National Park lies on an area of 3234 square kilometers and is overseen by the Mountain Kilimanjaro snow-capped summit.
Mkomazi National Park falls in the Mkomazi-Tsavo ecosystem, the 2nd largest transboundary ecosystem in East Africa after the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
The best time to visit Mkomazi National Park for remarkable game viewing and birding experiences is during the dry season in the months of June to October. Animals can also be sighted migrating from Tsavo National Park into Mkomazi. The park can also be visited during the wet season providing beautiful views of the green vegetation and migratory birds.
Attractions in Mkomazi National Park
Mkomazi National Park does not have a wide variety of wildlife but some of the animal species that inhabit the park include the endangered African wild dogs and the Black rhinoceros. Other animals that can be spotted include; common elands, hartebeest, lesser kudu, impalas, dik-dik, topi, fringe-eared Oryx. African elephants and zebras can be seen migrating from Tsavo National Park.
Mkomazi National Park is inhabited by more than 450 bird species like Hornbills, Weavers, Guinea Fowl, Kori bustard, Von der decken hornbill, Martial eagle, Ostrich, and some migratory birds like the European roller.
Activities in Mkomazi National Park
On a game drive in Mkomazi National Park, you will get a chance to view several animals like elephants, impala, dik-dik, rhinoceros, topi, lesser kudu, and many more. All these can be seen as you take a drive through the trails in the park enjoying the lush vegetation scenery.
Mkomazi National Park is a top destination for birding safaris with more than 450 bird species. Bird species like Martial eagle, Ostrich, Weavers, Kori bustard. These and more can be spotted as you take a walk or a game drive in the park premises.
Explore the park on foot with an experienced ranger and get an up-close look at some animals and bird species as you capture eye-catching pictures.
Mkomazi National Park has several campsites that offer a unique and amazing camping experience in the wild that make your stay comfortable and memorable.
The best time to hike is in the morning or evening so that you have enough resting time in the evening. Hiking the mountain ranges in Mkomazi National Park is favorable in the dry season when the trails are dry with stunning views of the park as you like.
Mkomazi Rhino sanctuary
Mkomazi is the only park in Africa with black rhinoceros. While visiting the Rhino sanctuary, you get an opportunity to easily view these large land mammals and also learn more about them.
How to get to Mkomazi National Park?
Fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport situated halfway between Arusha and Moshi. About 30km from Moshi.
Fly into Dar es Salaam and fly to Arusha Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport.
You can then drive to the Same 112km south of Moshi. The same is a town near Mkomazi National Park. The park can also be visited en route to the Usambara Mountains.
Accommodation facilities in Mkomazi National Park
- Mambo Viewpoint Eco Lodge
- Babu’s Camp
- Pangani River Camp
- Orlando Lodge