Location: Northern Tanzania
Climate: Dry season runs from Jun – Oct and Dec – Mar, with rains between these periods
Typical Landscape: Rolling hills, mountains and scrubland, full of game, a hive of conservation activity
Mkomazi covers 3,245 sq km and is overlooked by the iconic snow capped peaks of Kilimanjaro. The bush is uninhabited and remote with many natural treasures and an immense sense of space. The bush is semi-arid savannah home to large herds of elephant and buffalo amongst other things.
Mkomazi is the baby of Tony Fitzjohn, famous assistant to George Adamson. Fitzjohn’s work and life here is all too apparent with successful wild dog, lion and rhino conservation projects in action. Wild dog can be seen frequently in the park. Other species here which are rare elsewhere in Tanzania are fring-eared oryx, spiral-horned lesser kudu and the gerenuk (a giraffe like gazelle more commonly seen in Northern Kenya.
A game reserve since 1951, this new National Park takes its name from Pare tribe’s word for “scoop of water”, referring to little water. There are more than 450 species of birds in the park, which makes it the natural choice for birdwatchers.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to know more about the conservation and camps at Mkomazi.