Mkomazi National Park

Formerly a Game Reserve since 1951, Mkomazi was upgraded into a ‘National Park’ status in 2008. It is located 6 km from the Same town, covering an area of 3,245square kilometers. The name ‘Mkomazi’ is a combination of two words from the Pare ethnic language; “Mko and Mazi”.   “Mko” means a traditional tiny wooden spoon used by the Pare people for eating and “Mazi” means water. Therefore it implies that water in the Park is hardly enough to fill up the wooden spoon. However, there are magnificent views of landscape include Mountain Kilimanjaro, Eastern Arc Mountains (Pare and Usambara), and Acacia Commiphora Woodland.

There are more than 450 bird species. Includes those that are hardly seen elsewhere such as Friedmann’s Lark, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Somalia Long-Billed Crombec, and Shelley’s Starling. Furthermore, the park host Eurasian migrant birds such as European Roller. Similarly, the best sites for bird watching are Zange, Dindira, Mbula, Babus, Norbanda, Ngurunga, and Maore. Game drives, short and long walking safari can be arranged and escorted by Park Ranger. Moreover, the diversity of Flora and Fauna is in the protected area with a large and visible population of Gerenuk. Also, the Endangered species of animals particularly Black Rhino and Wild dogs can be seen in this beautiful park. The combination of Wildlife safari and beach holiday at the Indian Ocean is possible close to the Tanga region.

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