Overview – Mkomazi NP

Philip Briggs
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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.

Although Mkomazi doesn't offer as much wildlife viewing when compared to other parks in Tanzania, the wild scenery compensates for it with mountains rising in every direction. The park shares its northern border with Kenya’s vast Tsavo West National Park and migratory herds of elephant, zebra and oryx travel between these parks depending on rainfall patterns.

Best Time to Go June to October (Animals are more easily found)
High Season This park doesn't have a high season
Size 3,245km² / 1,253mi²
Altitude 238-1,437m / 781-4,715ft

Pros & Cons

  • Stunning scenery with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Important bird area with several northern dry-country endemics
  • Very exclusive and doesn't get crowded
  • A lovely tented camp is the perfect get-away
  • Wildlife is thinly populated and skittish
  • Limited accommodation options

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Wildlife

Topi, eland, giraffe, zebra and gazelle are likely to be seen. Wild dog have been re-introduced, but are rarely seen. Black rhino has also been re-introduced but is kept in an enclosure for safety. Several dry country species can be spotted such as fringe-eared oryx, lesser kudu and the odd-looking gerenuk. With more than 400 species recorded, the birding is good, with many dry-country specials present.

Scenery

Set below the slopes of the spectacular Usambara and Pare Eastern Arc Mountain ranges, and overseen by the snowcapped peak of Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi has particular scenic appeal and a sense of immense space. It is a classic dry-country reserve consisting of scattered grey-green scrubby bushes interspersed with savannah woodland and grassland.

Weather & Climate

Typically, Mkomazi’s Dry season (June to September) is delightfully sunny and warm. It’s only at night that conditions start to get a bit chilly, as well as in the park’s higher altitudes. The Wet season (October to May) can’t seem to settle on one climate. It begins with the ‘short rains’, then the precipitation eases off for two months before the heavier downpours of the ‘long rains’.

Best Time to Visit

So few tourists come to Mkomazi that it’s always low season here. What generally dictates when people come is the park’s weather. Visit in the wetter months (October to May) and it’ll be difficult to spot wildlife within the thick vegetation. You’ll also have to deal with showers in the afternoon. Visit in the drier months and you’ll have a good chance to see some wildlife near available water sources.

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Brian Jackman  –  
United Kingdom UK

Brian is an award winning travel writer, author of safari books and regular contributor to magazines such as BBC Wildlife and Travel Africa.

Tanzania’s Newest National Park
3/5

Twenty years ago Mkomazi was a clapped-out game reserve on the point of collapse. Today it is a magnificent, 1,500 square mile wilderness raised to full national park status due to the hard work and determination of a dedicated team of...

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Suzy  –  
Tanzania TZ
Reviewed: Feb 1, 2016
Superb wilderness experience
5/5

This was my 5th visit to Mkomazi, so you can see how much I love the place! We stayed once in the public camp site where there are clean toilets, showers and kitchen/common room all with running water, and other times in special camp sites...

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