Mkomazi National Park

Mkomazi National Park, previously called Mkomazi-Umba Game Reserve, was founded in 2008 and lies between the Pare and Usambara Mountains which form part of the Eastern Arch Mountains. The words ‘Mkomazi’ derives from the Pare vernacular word for “a scoop of water”. This semi-arid park, which borders Kenya’s vast Tsavo National Park, falls into the Greater Tsavo Ecosystem which is the 2nd largest transboundary ecosystem in East Africa next to the famous Serengeti-Mara.

Bush walks with an armed ranger and rhino tracking are the highlights of this park as well as trying to spot the elusive gerenuk and lesser kudu as well as the Big Five. Mkomazi is also home to 5 endemic birds including the Violet Wood-Hoopoe, Friedmann’s Lark, the Somali Long-billed Crombec and the Yellow-vented Eremomela.

Park Fees

45 USD per person over 16 years, 15 USD per child up to 15 years (subject to change)
walking safari: 20 USD per adult, 10 USD per child
night game drive: 50 USD per adult, 25 USD per child

Location / Getting there

Easy drive from Arusha (120 km) following a surfaced road to within 7 km of the main entrance gate.


Game drives, night game drives and walking safaris.

Best time to travel

Year round but dry season (June to September) for sheer numbers of animals.