Overview – Mkomazi National Park

The Mkomazi National Park is a spectacular wilderness. Within sight to the northwest is Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest summit. To the south, the Pare and Usambara Mountains form a dramatic backdrop and, to the north, Kenya’s vast Tsavo National Park shares a border with Mkomazi, making common ground for migratory herds of elephant, oryx and zebra during the wet season. Together with Tsavo, it forms one of the largest and most important protected ecosystems on earth.

  • Wildlife10 Animals

  • High SeasonJune to October

  • Best Time to GoJune to October

Pros & Cons

  • Vital refuge for two highly endangered species, the charismatic black rhino and sociable African wild dog
  • It’s a cheap alternative for the northern national parks
  • Stunning scenery with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Important bird area with several northern dry-country endemics
  • Its not crowdy and the animals are acting natural
  • A lovely tented camp is the perfect get-away
  • Very few options for wildife viewing
  • Very limited accommodation options are available

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Wildlife & Animals – Mkomazi National Park

Mkomazi is the southern tip of the Sahel zone. It is a classic dry-country reserve of grey-green nyika bush, ancient baobab trees and isolated rocky hills. The animals, too, are typical of the arid nyika. Giraffes, oryx, gerenuk, hartebeest, lesser kudu, eland, impala and Grant’s gazelle share the reserve with elephant, buffalo, and numerous predators, including lion, leopard and cheetah. In all, 78 species of mammals have been recorded.

Wildlife Highlights

Mkomazi is vital refuge for two highly endangered species, the charismatic black rhino and the sociable African wild dog, but both are held captive for security. The odd-looking gerenuk is sometimes found browsing while standing on its hind legs. The lesser kudu is another special antelope that can be found in the thicker bush.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time to visit for Wildlife experiences is in the Dry Season from June to October. Wildlife is simpler to spot since vegetation is more slender and animals assemble around predictable water sources. During the Wet season (November to May) many animals migrate out of the park again, and wildlife viewing is not as good. 

Birds – Mkomazi National Park

The birds of Mkomazi are even more numerous, with over 400 recorded species. Doves, hornbills, weavers and guinea fowl are all present in large numbers – as well as such striking species as the martial eagle and violet wood hoopoe. It is also the only place in Tanzania where you are likely to see the striking vulturine guineafowl.

Best Time for Bird Watching

The best time to do bird watching is from November to April when migratory birds from Europe and North Africa are present. This is also the time for nesting; so many resident birds can be seen in their breeding plumage.

Best Time to Visit – Mkomazi National Park

Mkomazi National Park can be visited for wildlife viewing throughout the year, But the best time to visit is during the dry season, from June to October. At this time vegetation is thinner, and animals gather around waterholes. The wet season from November to May with its rich vegetation and cascades falling down the ledge likewise has an allure. The general scenery and mountain views are better at this time as well.

  • Best Time

    June to October

  • High Season

    June to October

  • Low Season

    March to May

  • Best Weather

    June to October

  • Worst Weather

    March and April

June to October (Dry Season)

  • Animals are easier to spot in the thinner vegetation
  • It rains very little and most days are radiant
  • Fewer mosquitoes and less chance of catching malaria
  • Humidity is lower, and the heat isn't overwhelming
  • There is a lot of dust in the air because it is very dry

June to October (Wet Season)

  • Due to less crowd in this season, Pricing is very less to bring more travellers
  • Birding is best as migratory birds are present
  • The scenery is beautiful and at its most lush
  • Elephants migrate into the park
  • Roads become sloppy and difficult to travel
  • It gets humid and hot

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