Mkomanzi National Park
Set below the verdant slopes of the spectacular Usambara and Pare Eastern Arc Mountain ranges and overseen by iconic snow – capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi adds to the fulfillment of high visitor enjoyment expectations – a much needed bridge between northern circuit and coastal attractions.
This hilly semi – arid savannah is home to large herds of Giraffe, Eland, Hartebeest, Zebra, Buffalo and Elephant.
Mkomazi is vital refuge for two highly endangered species, the Black rhino and the African wild dog, both of which were successfully reintroduced in the 1990s. Nomadic by nature, Wild dog might be seen almost anywhere in the park, but Black rhino are restricted to a fenced sanctuary, ensuring their safe keeping for future prosperity.
Mkomazi supports several dry – country animal species that are rare elsewhere in Tanzania including the spectacular Fringe – eared oryx and the Lesser kudu. Oddest of all is the Gerenuk, a gazelle distinguished by its slender neck, bizarre alien – like head, and habit of standing tall on its hind legs stretch for acacia leaves that other browsers cannot reach.
Set up in 1951, this new National Park takes its name from Pare tribe’s word for “scoop of water”, referring to little water. It is a fantastic destination for birdwatchers, with more than 450 avian species recorded, among them dry – country endemics such as the Vulturine guineafowl, Ostrich, Kori bustard, Secretary bird, Ground hornbill and some migratory species including Eurasian roller.