Mkomazi National Park.

The black rhinoceros conservation project is a special part of the Mkomazi Nation Park, one of the most recent in Tanzania.

Battalions of baobabs and mighty herds of elephant make for a superb stop-off on your safari circuit.

Once a former game reserve, the Mkomazi National Park offers visitors a unique glimpse of the black rhinoceros. This 3,245 square kilometre (1,240 square miles) park was founded in 1951 in the Kilimanjaro and Tanga regions, located in the northeastern part of the country along with Kenya.

Flowing from Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park to its north, Tanzania’s Mkomazi National Park is actually a combination of two game reserves: Mkomazi Game Reserve in the West (Kilimanjaro Region) and Umba Game Reserve in the East (in Lushoto District, Tanga Region). However, the Mkomazi area offers a larger assortment of environments in its larger landscape along its northern border.

The entire park is covered in Acacia-Commiphora vegetation but also features over 400 bird species and 78 mammal species, including the “Big Five”: lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinoceroses, and leopards. The endangered African wild dog is a new addition to the Mkomazi National Park.

About Mkomazi National Park:
  • Size: 3,245 sq km (1,240 sq miles)
  • Location: Northern Tanzania is split between the Kilimanjaro and Tanga administrative regions. Mkomazi National Park also borders Tsavo West National Park in Kenya.
When to go

all year round. June to September is best for bird watching and large mammals. Panorama beauty is at its peak in March thru June.

What to do
  • Walking safari

  • Black rhinoceroses, lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, wild dogs, giraffes, zebras, elands, ostriches, and many others.

It is estimated that at the height of the dry season in October the density of large mammals, elephants, buffaloes, elands, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, ostrich to mention a few are second only to Ngorongoro crater worldwide. This spectacular gathers around the scattered pools of permanent water along the Tarangire River bed, and also around the Silale swamp. Lion and Leopard are frequently seen here as well.

The huge baobab trees are characteristic of these savannahs and have been described by naturalists as a complete ecosystem by themselves, the nooks and crannies provide places for beehives or are occupied by small mammals like a genet, civet, and mongoose while their enormous flowers are pollinated by fruit bats. Many baobabs are hollow and have provided shelter for wandering bands of hunter-gathers in the past.

  Tarangire is one of the finest places in Tanzania to watch elephants and spending unhurried time in the presence of these intelligent giants, often from a vantage point at a waterhole or spring is one of the greatest pleasures of a wildlife safari, Tarangire is also one of the few places in Tanzania to see Oryx, and more even gerenuk and both lesser and greater kudu, and even occasionally wild dogs. It’s also a birders paradise with more residence breeding species than anywhere else in Tanzania

When to go

These are a year all around, with the pick game viewing season coming from July to November when all is dry and the River calls all the seasonal migratory big mammals, and clusters around shrinking lagoons and water holes.


Getting there
  • There is an airstrip at Kuro in the centre of the park with daily scheduled flights from Arusha and other safari destinations.
  • The journey from Arusha usually takes around two hours to the main gate and this is where the safari starts.
  • Game viewing
  • Walking safari
  • Night game safari. This is the best way to explore the African bush for its sound, the nocturnal animals and the lovely sky for the stars. Balloon Safari


Safari Ideas

Tarangire fits well to the northern circuit safari itineraries, but if you have time at least give two days for this wonderful park and accommodation picked should be inside the park to offer maximum game viewing.

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