Mkomazi national park is one of the spectacular wildernesses in Africa which was established in 1951, it stayed unpopular until 1989 when the government of Tanzania re-examined the reserve status and designated it a national priority project recognizing its importance. It reveals its name from two words in Pare ethnic group language “Mko” and “Mathi” where Mko means a traditional wooden spoon and mathi means water, this implies that water in the Park is hardly enough to fill up the wooden spoon.
The park is a home to more than 400bird species recorded from doves, hornbills, weavers and guinea fowls are all present in large numbers as well as such striking species as the martial eagles and violate wood- hoopoes; it is also a place to sight the African roof mountain Kilimanjaro to the north-west “Africa highest summit”. Pare and Usambara mountains forms a dramatic backdrop to the park, the park is a home to many animal species making a common ground for migratory animal herds of elephants, Oryx and zebras during wet season. Baobab trees, isolated rocky hills, savannah woodlands of umbrella acacias together with grey-green nyika bushes and mbugas-shallow valleys of grasslands mark great scenery of this park. Giraffe, gerenuk, hartebeest, lesser kudu, elands, impala, buffalos, and numerous predators including lions, leopards and cheetahs are species recorded to possibly be sighted.
The park is least visited compared to other popular parks safari circuit of the north which makes it a destination of its own , less crowdie but still can provide a safari experience of your lifetime. The park is a home to almost all the bird species, the park itself is a vital refuge for two highly endangered animal species; charismatic black rhino and a sociable African wild dogs which all these together offer safari experience of its own value.
Things to do at Mkomazi national park
Short walking safari
Hiking Mbula hill
When to visit the park
June – January or early February before rain starts
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