Mkomazi National Park
Mkomazi is located in the northeast of Tanzania where it shares a boundary with Tsavo National Park. It was established as a National Park in 2006. It is 3,230 sq km in area.
It is a place to enjoy wildlife in remote, wild, thorn bush country with open plains in places. The scenery is magnificent. Enormous baobabs dot the landscape and there are distant vistas with mountains near and far on its borders. Mount Kilimanjaro is easily visible from all parts of the Park.
Being far from the more visited safari circuits you are likely to be watching wildlife there by yourself, unhurried and with time to soak up the ambiance of wild Africa.
Mkomazi used to be the prime habitat for Black Rhino, and there is a re-introduction scheme there where you can and watch these exciting mammals in their natural surroundings. The rare Cape Hunting Dog is also being re-introduced and you can get permission to watch these fascinating animals as well, some of which have been re-introduced to the wild.
Besides the commoner big game species such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe and plains game, and of course the big cats, you will also find unusual antelope such as oryx, gerenuk, and lesser kudu. Gerenuk, known as giraffe antelope in Swahili, are elegant medium-sized gazelles with a long neck that enable them to reach high into a thorn bush to browse. They even stand up on their hind legs to reach yet higher. Such details of nature are why you visit Mkomazi.
During the short green season (November / December and March / April) the flickering light of fireflies dots the wooded valleys at night.
Things to do
- Game viewing by vehicle is the main activity
- Walking safaris
- Night game viewing
There are public and special campsites in the Park where visitors bring their own tents. Details of these are available at Park Headquarters in Arusha.
There is also currently one comfortable semi-permanent tented camp in the northern part of the Park. There are several small hotels and guest houses in the Same town.
Charter flights are available to Kisima airstrip in the center of the Park, near the rhino sanctuary.
Moshi, the nearest large town is 120 km from Same on a good tarmac road. Same is on the tarmac highway connecting Arusha to Dar es Salaam. Same to the nearest entry gate at Zange is 6 km on a graveled road. The Park is also easily accessible on special arrangements through Njiro, Kivingo, and Umba gates.
Mkomazi is an ideal wildlife safari option for Kilimanjaro Mountain climbers on a tight schedule with only two or three days to see some wildlife.
Mkomazi is also a rewarding place to visit for budget travelers doing the northern safari circuit and driving to or from Dar es Salaam