Mkomazi National Park

Located below the lush slopes of the spectacular Usambara and Pare Eastern Arc Mountain ranges and overseen by iconic snow – capped peak of Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi a virgin breathtaking beauty exhibiting unique natural treasures and immense sense of space - add to the fulfillment of high visitor enjoyment expectations – a much needed bridge between northern circuit and coastal attractions.

Location & Size

Size: 3,245 sq. km (1,240 sq. miles) Established: 1951 as a game reserve, 2006 as a national park Distance from Arusha: 192 km (118 miles)

Although it hides merely a few minutes away from the small town of Same), the road to Mkomazi leads you to an entirely different world. Mkomazi is vital refuge for two highly endangered species,there is a wide variety of flora and fauna with 78 species of mammals including elephant, kudu, gerenuk, hartebeest, giraffe and aardwolf, Endangered African wild dog and Black rhino have been introduced to Mkomazi. There are approximately 450 recorded species of birds in Mkomazi, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise. The park represents species and ecosystems not commonly found in East Africa making it an unusual yet wonderful experience, the charismatic black rhino and sociable African wild dog, both of which were successfully reintroduced in the 1990s. Nomadic by nature, wild dog might be seen almost anywhere in the park, but black rhino are restricted to a fenced sanctuary, ensuring their safe keeping for future generations enjoyment and prosperity.

Game drive

Game drives are best at dawn and evening as with most locations. The park is good to visit all year round though access can be tricky in the wet season. Mkomazi is an excellent park for birdwatchers with over 450 bird species present

Park highlights

  • Black rhino
  • African wild dogs
  • Largest population of gerenuk in Tanzania
  • About 450 bird species