This authentic safari itinerary is designed to take you to a less-visited Mkomazi Park. The tour can suitably be combined with mount Kilimanjaro climbing and excursions. Mkomazi National Park is a magnificent, 3,245 square kilometer national park in northern Tanzania.
The name was derived from Pare tribe’s word for “scoop of water” meaning little water as the area is too dry, especially during the dry season. This rhino and wild dogs sanctuary are worth visiting.
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and after border formalities, you will be welcomed by our guide, who will transfer you to a hotel/lodge in Arusha town (HB).
On your way to Arusha town, you will be welcomed by great views of Mount Kilimanjaro (when the sky is clear), the highest summit in Africa covering 5895m, and the second highest Mount Meru covering 4563m above sea level.
You will encounter different ways of living practiced by locals and plenty of banana and coffee farms. Your tour is as good as started on this first day.
Day 1, Arusha National Park
You will be picked up from your hotel at 0800 am and drive directly to this thrilling park. After check-in at the gate, you will start your full-day game drive including lunch at one of the public picnics. Your day will end at a lodge/hotel in Moshi for an overnight retreat.
Arusha National Park is a thrilling Park with a variety of wildlife and birds, but one shouldn’t expect the same game-viewing experience they find in other national parks of Tanzania’s northern circuit. The Park is famous for over 400 bird species, herds of Buffalo, Giraffe, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Warthog, Zebra, Elephants, Klipspringer, and Black, and White Colobus Monkeys.
Host the second highest peak of Tanzania, Mount Meru with a height of 4565m. Canoeing around the alkaline lake Momella, walking safari, Waterfalls, Museum visit to the Ngurdoto Museum Mountain hiking, and many more are some of the activities one can enjoy while in the park. A game drive in this park is worthwhile and it is a remarkable experience of real wilderness.
Day 2, Moshi Town – Mkomazi National Park
We suggest a very early wake-up on this day with an early breakfast before departing to Mkomazi National Park for a game drive with hot lunch on the way. You will do a short game drive until late evening. Your day ends at a lodge/tented camp in the Mkomazi area for an overnight retreat.
On your way to Mkomazi, you will be welcomed by a great view of Mount Kilimanjaro (when the sky is clear), the highest in Africa covering 5895m above sea level. You will encounter different ways of living practiced by locals and plenty of sisal plantations.
Located at the verdant slopes and base of the spectacular Usambara and Pare Mountain Ranges is the untainted Mkomazi National Park. It is one of the parks with untouched breathtaking beauty exhibiting unique natural treasures and a gigantic sense of space which adds more value to the fulfillment of the tourist’s experience and expectations.
Mkomazi is a vital refuge for two highly endangered species, the charismatic Black Rhino, and the African wild dogs. The African wild dogs can be seen almost anywhere in the park, while, the Black Rhino is restricted to a fenced sanctuary, ensuring their safety and the enjoyment and prosperity of future generation’s continuity.
Mkomazi hosts a massive number of animal species that are unique; these include the spectacular Fringe-eared Oryx, with its long back–sweeping horns, and the spiral-horned Lesser Kudu, Grant’s Gazelle is also present here. Without forgetting Elephants, Buffalo, and numerous species of predators, including lions, leopards, and Cheetah as well as small predators like Jackals. The oddest of all is the Gerenuk, a specie of gazelle distinguished from others by its slender neck, bizarre alien-like head, and habit of standing tall on its hind legs as it stretches for acacia leaves that other browsers cannot reach.
It is also fantastic visiting this park and it is really a complete adventure of its own caliber that will leave you amused by the uniqueness of this iconic park.
Day 3, Full Day Gane Drive in Mkomazi
On this day we suggest that you wake up early in the morning and get the chance to witness a wonderful sunrise. You will have a full-day game drive into deep parts of Mkomazi National Park with lunch and return for dinner and overnight at a lodge/tented camp.
The Park offers an unbeatable interesting game drive that you might not find in other places. Mkomazi is vast with spectacular wild scenery; wildlife concentration is less compared to other northern circuit parks but it compensates with its beauty and rare spotting. The best time to start a game drive in this park is early in the morning, this will give a great opportunity to witness predators before going back to their hiding areas and in the afternoon to view animals grazing in the open grasslands. During the game drive, you will be able to spot animals like Fringe-eared Oryx, with its long back–sweeping horns, and the handsome spiral-horned, Lesser kudu and Grant’s gazelle are present. Oddest of all is the Gerenuk, a gazelle distinguished by its slender neck, bizarre alien-like head, and the habit of standing tall on its hind legs as it stretches for acacia leaves that other browsers cannot reach it is a really rewarding game drive.
Day 4, Departure
The schedule for this day depends on your flight time. Waking up early, you will start your journey back to Arusha town or Airport for departure.
Package Available In
PremiumHigh-end service, Dedicated expert, Hot Lunch, Park Fly-in
LuxuryLuxury Accommodation, Low Mileage Luxury 4×4 Jeep, Hot Lunch
Mid-RangeBest mid-priced lodges, Luxury 4×4 Jeep, Hot Lunch
- Private & Group
- Full board accommodations
- Hotel lunch during the safari
- Service of professional English Speaking Guide (Other Language on request)
- 4 x 4 Safari Jeep with pop-up roof, charging unit, in-car fridge, large windows
- Unlimited Mileage
- Unlimited drinking water while on safari
- All park, conservation, and concession fees plus Taxes
- Detailed Itinerary
- Airport drop-off and pickup
- Traveler’s insurance
- Drinks outside safari
- Tipping (we recommend from $10 per person per day)
- Personal spending
- International flights