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Covering an area of 3,245 square km, Mokamazi National Park got the status of a national park in 2008. Kenya’s vast Tsavo West National Park shares its northern border with the park.

Placed below the slopes of the wonderful Usambara and Pare Eastern Arc Mountain ranges, and overseen by the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi holds amazing scenic appeal.

The scattered grey-green scrubby bushes interspersed with savannah woodland and grassland enhances the magnificence of the park. The name of the park is derived from two words “Mko and Mazi”. The meaning of “Mko” is a traditional small wooden spoon used by the Pare people (tribe) for eating and “Mazi” means water. So the meaning is the water of the park is hardly enough to fill up the wooden spoon.

"Mkomazi NP" by Sylvère Corre is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Mkomazi National Park is little famous for wildlife viewing as compared to other parks in Tanzania. The park is more famous for its natural beauty with mountains rising in every direction.

The primary attraction is the movement of migratory herds of elephant, zebra and oryx from Mkomazi to Tsavo West National Park depending on rainfall patterns. The park is also famous to be birders’ paradise. Home to more than 450 bird species, Friedmann’s Lark, the Violet Wood-hoopoe, Somalia Long Billed Crombec and Shelley’s Starling, are the birds rarely seen anywhere else in the world. The park also hosts migrating birds such as European Roller. Contact us to discover the beauty of the park.

"Mkomazi rhino 2" by sheldonnorth is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

"Sur les pistes de Mkomazi NP" by Sylvère Corre is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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