Wildlife & Animals – Mkomazi NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Wildlife in the park is thinly populated and quite skittish. Animals that are regularly seen on a game drive are giraffe, dik-dik, zebra, wildebeest, Grant's gazelle, eland and topi. Herds of fringe-eared oryx can sometimes be seen on the plains, and Mkomazi is a Wet-season sanctuary for elephants coming from neighbouring Tsavo.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
GiraffeOccasional
HippoRare
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraCommon
LionRare
HyenaRare

Wildlife Highlights

Black rhino and wild dog have been re-introduced, but both are held captive for security. Other wild dog packs sometimes roam the area. The odd-looking gerenuk is sometimes found browsing while standing on its hind legs. Lesser kudu is another special antelope that can be found in the thicker bush.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Dry season, from June to October, is the best time for wildlife viewing in the park. Wildlife is easier to spot because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around predictable water sources. However, the park isn’t a prime wildlife viewing destination and the scenery and views of the mountains are at their best in the Wet season, from November to May.

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