Soon will be
the 15th National Park in Tanzania
Mkomazi is increasingly becoming famous to tourists who visit Tanzania. With
Kenya's Tsavo National Park comprises a single unique ecological unit, which
forms the most important savannah vegetation in Africa. It is also believed that
large animals which are found in Tsavo reside in this park too and provide
seasonal refuges for many species of large mammals and migrant birds.
It has a great biological significance, representing species and ecosystems not
commonly found elsewhere in East Africa
The reserve covers an area of 3,701 km sq. along the Kenya-Tanzanian border,
between Kilimanjaro and the coast, North of Tanga. Mkomazi lies at the southern
extremity of the great arc of semi-arid savanna, the Sahel, into which many
Somalian species of plants and animals are funneled, but beyond which they are
unable to extend their range, concentrating species diversity, and making the
area as one of the richest savannas in Africa
It is the home of Mkomazi Rhinos Project, a project to relocated black rhinos
from South Africa to Mkomazi Game Reserve and Ngorongoro. Its goal is community
based wildlife management; a program aimed at educating communities on the
benefits of wildlife. The project is run by Tanzania Wildlife Protection Fund.
The reserve harbour more than 78 species of wildlife including elephant,
hartebeest, zebra, giraffe, gazelle, steenbok, and shy aardwolf. Mkomazi has
also an approximately 450 species of birds, which make it a paradise for
ornithologists (click here to read more on bird watching).
: these are the main routes which are used by trekkers to reach the top or
The wilderness and
dense vegetation nature of this game reserve is ideal for hiking
and walking safari. While walking or hiking you will have the
chance to see re-introduced African hunting dogs and other
big mammals. It is a paradise for bird lovers, birds like Shelly's
Starling, Fisher's Starling, Somali Long-billed Crombec Carmine
Bee-eaters, and Spotted Redshank are commonly seen.
The rolling South Pare Mountains
give way to Mkomazi game Reserve's own system of valleys which
some of them containing small lakes and numerous wildlife.