Set below the verdant slopes of the pare Mountains and the iconic snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi despite its breath taking beauty and immense sense of space – remains one of Tanzania’s least publicized natural treasure, a southern extension of Kenya’s legendary Tsavo West National Park.Mkomazi is a vital refuge for two highly endangered mammals, the charismatic¬†black Rhino and sociable African wild dog,both of which were successfully reintroduced in the 1990s.

Mkomazi supports several dry-country specialists that are rare elsewhere in Tanzania. These include the spectacular fringe eared oryx, with its long backward sweeping horns and the handsome spiral homed lesser kudu. Oddest of all is the gerenuk, a gazelle distinguished by its long slender neck, bizarre alien-like head, a habit of standing tall on its hind legs to stretch for acacia leaves that other browsers cannot reach.

A game reserve since 1951, this new National Park takes its name the Pare tribes word for scoop of water, referring to little water. It’s a fantastic destination for bird watchers with more than 450 avian species recorded.