Mkomazi National Park

The 3700km² Mkomazi National Park is located east of the Pare Mountains in Eastern Tanzania, just south of the border with Kenya and Tsavo National Park and within sight of Mount Kilimanjaro.The Mkomazi National Park is a spectacular wilderness and adjacent to the Tsavo National Park which allows for the emigration of deer, elephants, oryx and zebra during the rainy season.

The large mammals seek their way, according to the seasons, in both parks.

In 2006, Mkomazi was elevated to the status of 'National Park'. Mkomazi is actually a fusion of two former reserves in the Lushoto District: Umba Game Reserve in the East and Mkomazi Game Reserve in the West.

Mkomazi is a kind of refuge for some species that are threatened with extinction as the black rhino and African wild dogs. The purpose of the park together with the adjacent Umba Reserve is to create the best possible protection for these and other types of wildlife.
Located within the Park, the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary achieved international fame in rhino breeding. Link to Mkomazi Project.
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Herds of gerenuk (giraffe-necked antelope) survive in Mkomazi's landscape where other antelope cannot. The gerenuk can even stand on its hind legs to reach the tiny leaves of thorny bushes and trees.

The Park takes its name from the Pare (local tribe) word for "water source", referring to the Umba River on the Southeastern border of Mkomazi.

The river and other water resources provide an ideal habitat for both small and large mammals, including the jackal, lion, cheetah, leopard, kudu, giraffe, buffalo, elephant and zebra.

The park is not well known and only recently received its status as a National Park, but precisely because of this, it has its charm. It is not crowded and the animals still have their natural habitat behavior. Almost all species are found there, including lions and cheetahs.

Cheetah_0507.JPGHowever, due to the dense vegetation, the animals are harder to spot. For the birders, the park is a necessary to go to, as more than 400 bird species can be spotted here.

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