Mkomazi National Park Day Trip

1 Day


The Mkomazi National Park is located in the northern part of Tanzania, between Moshi and Tanga. The park finds itself in a beautiful setting with both the Pare and Usambara mountains towering above its boundaries. Depending on the weather, Mount Kilimanjaro can also be seen from the park. In terms of vegetation, Mkomazi marks the southern tip of the Sahel zone which resembles that of a dry, desert like landscape. Due to the climate, the vegetation primarily consist of acacia-commiphora woodlands and towards the western mountains the vegetation changes to a dry land forest.

The main source of water in Mkomazi comes from the Umba River in the southeast. Apart from that, the park sees very little precipitation all year round making game drives along the river area definitely worthwhile.

Mkomazi National Park is one of the few places where you can see endangered black rhinos in Tanzania;

You’ll also have the chance to see endangered wild dog as well as many other species such as giraffe, eland, hartebeest, zebra, buffalo, elephant and the long necked gerenuk. Bird spotting is excellent with more than 450 avian species recorded including endemics such as the cobalt-chested vulturine guinea-fowl and other large ground birds such as ostrich, kori bustard, secretary bird and ground hornbill. Migratory species are also present here such as the Eurasian roller.


Activities & Transportation

  • Activities: game drives
  • Game drives: open-sided 4×4 vehicle & pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
  • Getting around: open-sided 4×4 vehicle, pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle & hiking/walking
  • An airport transfer is not included. You can use an airport taxi, request your hotel to arrange a transfer or prearrange a transfer yourself
  • Park Size: 3,245KM
  • Distance from Moshi : 115 km (72 miles)
  • Leave Moshi at 7:00am
  • Arrive at Mkomazi gate at 10:00am
  • Spend 6 hours in the park
  • Leave park at 4:00pm
  • Arrive Moshi at 7:00pm


The park lies about 120 kilometers east of Moshi town about 3 hours drive. So the tour will start with the pickup from your accommodation in Moshi at 7.00 am then start driving to Mkomazi national park. Upon arrival around 10.00 am you will proceed with the formalities at the gate for like 10 minutes then start the game drive to explore this park. Then late in the afternoon we will start to drive back to Moshi town for drop off.

People also ask

What is unique about Mkomazi National Park?

Unique Diversity

Mkomazi National Park is one of the driest areas in Tanzania – in the local Pare language it means “little water” – yet still boasts an incredibly diverse flora and fauna with a high endemic population of species. Of the 1500 plant species identified so far over 50% do not occur anywhere else.

What is Mkomazi National Park best known for?

Over 450 species of birds have been recorded in the Park. Mkomazi National Park has a number of uniqueness’s . It is among few protected areas in Tanzania with large and visible population of gerenuk and massive concentration of Beisa Oryx.

What is the history of Mkomazi National Park?

It was established as a game reserve in 1951 and upgraded to a national park in 2006. The park covers over 3,234 square kilometres (323,400 ha), and is dominated by Acacia-Commiphora vegetation; it is contiguous with Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park.

What animals are in the Mkomazi National Park?

The animals of Mkomazi are typical of the arid area. Animals like giraffe, oryx, gerenuk, hartebeest, lesser kudu, eland, impala and grants gazelle share the park with elephants, buffalo and numerous predators including lions, leopards and cheetah.


  • Transport in 4X4 Toyota Land Cruisers with pop up roof for game viewing.
  • Park entry fees
  • Government fees & taxes
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Private English speaking safari guide
  • Lunch box
  • Enough bottled mineral water throughout the safari
  • Medical kit
  • Binocular


  • Alcoholic beverages, sodas and items of a personal nature
  • Pre &Post Safari Accommodation in Moshi / Arusha
  • Travel Insurance
  • Other safari add-ons
  • Tips to the driver guide. Tipping is per group (not per person). Driver guide: $20/day

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Mkomazi National Park Day Trip
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/ Adult

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