Mkmazi National park is found on the northern safari circuit of Tanzania tucked away in the remote Usambara and Par Eastern Arc Mountains that overlook the shadows of the snow capped Kilimanjaro in the North West. The reserve occupies an area of 3,245sq km bordering Tsavo West National park in Kenya
The former Tanzania game reserve is predominantly lined with dry savannah grasslands, Nyika bush and shrubs, giant baobab trees, scattered rocky outcrops, umbrella like acacia trees among other scenic landscape features
Wildlife in Mkomazi
As part of the abundant northern safari circuit national parks, Mkomazi has plenty of game, some of it crossing from Tsavo in Kenya. The park boasts of several herds of giraffes, zebras, eland, hartebeests, elephants, buffalos, fringe-eared oryx, lesser kudu, gerenuk, gazelle, impala, leopards, cheetah and lion.
The park has an important conservation sanctuary for the black rhinos that were previously endangered by intensive poaching in the area. The African wild dog is also classified as an endangered species and thus is listed in the sanctuary breeding efforts.
Several birds have made Mkomazi Tanzania park home including doves, martial eagles, horn bill, guinea fowl, violet wood hoopoe, chested vulturine, ostrich, kori bustard, secretary birds, European roller and many other birds
How to get there
By road, Mkomazi is easily accessible via Same town on Arusha-Dar es Salaam highway. Charter flights are available to Kisima airstrip and private pick ups are arranged from Kivingo and Umba gates. The Zange main gate is 112 km from Moshi, 550 km from Dar es Salaam airport and 142 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport.