Mkomazi National Park targets domestic tourists

This was said recently by Chief Park Warden (CPW), Assistant Commissioner of Conservation (ACC), Emanuel Moirana, when students from the Udzungwa Mountains College Trust (UMCTO), based in Moshi, visited Mkomazi.

The students wanted to see the endangered black rhinos found in the park and enhance their studies through field-based learning.

Located in the northeast of Tanzania, on the border with Kenya, in the regions of Kilimanjaro and Tanga, Mkomazi National Park is a vital refuge for two highly endangered species, the charismatic black rhinoceros and the sociable wild dog.

Speaking to this newspaper in an exclusive interview, Moirana explained that Mkomazi National Park is a beautiful 3,500 square kilometer national park in northern Tanzania.

“Remote and initially inaccessible, it was established in 1951 but never attracted the financial support provided to better-known wildlife strongholds such as the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Parks,” he said. -he declares.

Since 1989, the Tanzanian government has reviewed the reserve’s status and designated it a national priority project.

“Today, Mkomazi is very accessible. From Mambo View Point, it is only an hour and a half drive to the entrance of Kivingo,” he explained.

He added that the park is spectacular wilderness, and within sight to the northwest is Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.

To the south, the Pare and Usambara mountains form a dramatic backdrop, and to the north, Kenya’s sprawling Tsavo National Park shares a border with Mkomazi, creating a common ground for migrating herds of elephants, oryx and zebras during the rainy season.

Together with Tsavo, it forms one of the largest and most important protected ecosystems on the planet.

“Mkomazi is the southern tip of the Sahelian zone. It is a classic dry country reserve of grey-green nyika bushes, ancient baobab trees and isolated rocky hills. Elsewhere, seas of bush give way to open savannah forests of umbrella acacia and mbuga – shallow valleys of grassland,” the Mkomazi NP boss explained adding that;

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