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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

MKOMAZI NATIONAL PARK TANGA

HISTORY

The word 'Mkomazi' is coined from the Pare language, which is a combination of the two words "Mko" (a traditional wooden spoon used by rhe Pare people for eating) and "Mazi" means (Water). This suggests that the water in the park is too scarce to even fill a wooden spoon. Indeed, the park lacks water source due to little rainfall in the area.

Mkomazi Game Reserve was upgraded to the highest conservation status by being declared as a National Park with a size of 3,245 km on 14th March 2008.

LOCATION

Mkomazi National Park is located between Kilimanjaro and Tanga region, its northern border is the Tsavo West National Park in Kenya. The Park is 130 km long from east to west and 41 km from north to south.

WILD ANIMALS

The Park is rich in giraffes, Coke's hartebeests, buffaloes, gerenuks, Grant gazelles, Lesser kudus and Water bucks. Larger carnivores include lions, leopards, hyenas, silver-backed jackals, wild dogs and wild cats. The largest terrestrial mammal- the elephant- lives in the park too.

HOW TO GET THERE

The Park is easily accessible via Same town on the surfacade highway road connecting Arusha and Dar es salaam. The distance from Tanga is XXX km, from Kilimajaro International Airport 142 km and from Moshi 112 km. Entry into the Park is currently through the Zange gate. However, special arrangement can be made to use the Njiro, Kivingo, Umba and Ndea gates.

WHEN TO VISIT THE PARK


Late June to early September is the best time to watch large mammals and birds, scenic beauty is at its peak in March to June.

ACCOMMODATION

BABU'S TENTED CAMP
Phone: +255(0)272503094
+255(0)784402266
E-mail: babuscamp@bol.co.tz
Website: www.babuscamp.com

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ELEPHANT MOTEL
Phone: +255(0)272758193
+255(0)754839545
E-mail: manager@elephantmotel.com

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ORLANDO LODGE
Phone: +255(0)272756878
+255(0)787679944

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MODERM REST HOUSE
Phone: +255(0)272757399
+255(0)762585419

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SAME LODGE
Phone: +255(0)272758812
+255(0)756145806

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KAMWALA TOURS & SAFARIS LODGE
Phone: +255(0)272757022
+255(0)715499242

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AMANI LUTHERAN CENTRE
Phone: +255(0)272758098
+255(0)756764988

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