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Mkomazi National Park Tanzania 1 Day Safari: If you want to go off the beaten track and explore ‘real’ Tanzania then this day excursion is perfect for you. The Park offers a real wilderness away from the crowds of tourists. The park is located 190 kilometers (118 miles) from Arusha and about a 3 hours drive from Moshi (120 km).
Mkomazi National Park is a magnificent, 3,245 square kilometer national park in the northern part of Tanzania, between Moshi and Tanga. 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.
The park finds itself in a beautiful setting with both the Pare and Usambara mountains towering above its boundaries. Depending on the weather, Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen from the park.
The main source of water in Mkomazi comes from the Umba River in the southeast. As the park receives very little rain all year game drives along the river offer excellent wildlife sightings. Mkomazi wildlife includes African wild dogs, black rhinos that live in a private sanctuary, Oryx, gerenuk, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, elephant, buffalo, hartebeest, giraffe, warthog, and crocodiles.
There are 450 species of birds found in the park including go-away birds, ostriches, eagles, hoopoes, bustards, kingfishes, flamingos, cormorants, plovers, and ducks. The vegetation resembles that of a dry, desert-like landscape. Due to the climate, the vegetation primarily consists of acacia-Commiphora woodlands, and towards the western mountains the vegetation changes to a dry land forest.
Our day safari from Arusha to Mkomazi offers fantastic views of Kilimanjaro and a large population of African game. The park is an often overlooked Tanzanian gem with a number of species easier to see here than anywhere else in Tanzania.
The highlights of the park include watching rhinos at close range, the game drive might spot wild dogs, and bird watching – around 450 species of birds are also found in the park.
Mkomazi National Park Tanzania 1 Day Safari Itinerary
0600 Hours: Breakfast at your hotel/ residence
0700 Hours: You will be picked up from your hotel/ residence in Arusha or Moshi with parked lunch boxes and depart by road to Mkomazi National Park located approximately 190 km’s from Arusha/ 120 km’s from Moshi town.
1000 Hours: Upon arrival at the park, you will proceed for a game drive looking for Oryx, gerenuk, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, elephant, buffalo, hartebeest, giraffe, warthog and crocodiles.
Mkomazi National Park shares a border with Tsavo National Park in Kenya, so game comes and goes between the parks. A visit to Nkomazi Rhino Sanctuary can be organized at an extra cost.
This allows you to learn more about the breeding program for the black rhino population, together with ongoing monitoring and anti-poaching patrols.
1300 Hours: Enjoy your picnic lunch boxes at a designated picnic site.
1400 Hours: Proceed on an afternoon game-drive. The park is a vital refuge for two highly endangered species, the charismatic black rhino and sociable African wild dog.
Both animals were successfully reintroduced in the 1990s, but black rhino are restricted to a fenced sanctuary, ensuring their safe keeping for future generation’s enjoyment and prosperity.
1630 Hours: Depart Mkomazi National Park and drive back to Moshi/ Arusha.
1900 Hours: Arrive in Moshi/ Arusha where the safari ends by dropping you off at your hotel/ residence.
Mkomazi National Park Tanzania 1 Day Safari Prices
Mkomazi National Park Tanzania 1 Day Safari Rates Includes:
Lunch + Game Park entrance fees + Services of our English Speaking driver guide + Game drive + Return Road transfers from Arusha/ Kilimanjaro/ Moshi to Mkomazi National Park & Safari transport by 4 x 4 with a roof hatch that pops up to enable easy game viewing and photography
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* Kindly note that our 1 Day Mkomazi National Park Safari departs from Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport
Mkomazi National Park Tanzania 1-Day Safari Rates Do Not Include:
* International Airfare
* Cost of obtaining passport and visas
* Gratuity for your professional driver-guide
* Accommodation in Arusha/ Kilimanjaro/ Moshi
* Gratuity for Porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps, and airports
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
* Personal expenses such as traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes, and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, and wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary