Kitulo National Park

Kitulo National Park is a protected montane grassland and montane forest on the Kitulo Plateau found in the southern highlands of Tanzania. Locals refer to Kitulo National Park as Bustani ya Mungu translated to The Garden of God, while visitors mostly refer to it as the Serengeti of Flowers. Kitulo National Park is a rare botanical marvel with well over 350 species of vascular plants including over 45 varieties of terrestrial orchids which erupt into beautiful riotous wildflower display of breath-taking beauty, especially in the months of late November to April.

Perched at an elevation of 2600 meters above sea level between the peaks of Kipengere and Portoto Mountains, Kitulo National Park covers an area of about 412.9 square kilometers. Kitulo National Park is located in the Mbeya region, and is regulated by the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). Kitulo National Park is the very first park in Africa established solely for the protection of the flora there is in the park. Kitulo National Park was established in 2005, and has since welcomed a number of travellers who do visit to lose themselves to the sheer wild beauty of a variety of flowers, amazing scenic beauty and serenity. Kitulo National Park is indeed one of the world’s great floral spectacles.

Kitulo National Park is an eminently hike able park carpeted with wild flowers half of the year, especially in the months of November to April. There are over 350 species of wild flowers documented to exist in Kitulo National Park including lilies and large fields of daises.

Kitulo National Park has about 400 plant species most of them being wild flowers while others are attractive natural plants which undoubtedly attract visitors to immerse in the wild botanical beauty. Kitulo National Park offers visitors a rare and unusual Africa safari experience, away from the wild game drive safaris prominent in Africa but instead offer travellers with scenic sights and views of some of the vast and variety of wild flowers there are. Kitulo National Park offers amazing wild flower photographic safari experiences, away from the usual and traditional wildlife photographic holidays which most travellers visiting on Tanzania safaris do come for.

Kitulo National Park
Mbeya Plateau

Endemic species of butterfly, chameleons, lizards and frogs together enhance the amazing beauty and variety of species to see in Kitulo National Park. Besides these, one of the attractions in Kitulo National park which travellers do appreciate is the various birds in Kitulo National Park; especially intercontinental migratory birds in certain periods of the year, say birds from Europe, Asia and more. Kitulo National Park is a resting ground for migrating storks while frying from Cape Town in South Africa to Northern Europe.

Some of the amazing bird species in Kitulo National Park that travellers can see include European White Storks among other Storks from Scandinavian countries which migrate via West Africa to brood in Kitulo Plateau.

Getting to Kitulo National Park

Getting to Kitulo national Park entails one driving from Chimala town along the Dar es Salaam to Mbeya highway, then climb the very scenic plateau through the spectacular rough road known as Hamsini n Saba, or 57 by pin. After a while of driving, you reach Matamba, the temporary park headquarters which are about 50km south of Chimala. Use of a 4×4 wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended.

Kitulo National Park Best time to visit

The best time to visit Kitulo National Park is during the months of November to April, when the wild flowers do blossom to very beautiful flowers that shall leave you amazed at the sheer magnitude of beauty. Wild flowers in Kitulo National Park blossom between the months of December and April, and thus the summer months of September to November are the best time to visit Kitulo National Park. The months of June to August have the park entirely foggy with barely any visibility during the daytime.

What to do/ activities in Kitulo National Park

Some of the activities in Kitulo National Park that travellers can engage in while on a Tanzania safari visiting the park include;

·         Hiking. There are amazing hiking trails in Kitulo National Park that travellers can take to enjoy some of the most amazing scenic sites and areas in the park, seeing even those littlest wonders in Kitulo National Park that may be missed.

·         Open walking. Open walking is one of the various activities in Kitulo National Park that travellers who visit on Tanzania safaris in the park can do. Open walking has travellers walking across the grasslands to watch birds and wildflowers in Kitulo National Park.

·         Hill climbing. The neighbouring mountains and which the park is perched in between offer mazing hill climbing experiences, and what mazing views they are rewarded with! A half day hike from Kitulo National Park across the Livingstone Mountains takes you to the spectacular Matema Beach on Lake Nyasa.

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Birding in Kitulo

·         Birding. With a variety of birds in Kitulo National Park, birding and bid watching are some of the activities in the park that travellers can enjoy.

Kitulo National Park accommodation

Now that you are in the park, or intending to visit Kitulo National Park, you are definitely considering where to stay while in Kitulo National Park. Kitulo National Park accommodation are basically just outside the park, in neighbouring towns to the park say Mbeya Forest Hill Motel, Mbeya Paradise Inn, among others.

Kitulo National Park is a great scenic and serene wilderness park, not for wild animals but particularly wildflowers, which travellers can visit for amazing Tanzania safari experiences. apart from the usual wild game parks of Tanzania like the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve, among so many others, Kitulo National Park would be a great add on to the wild game safari destinations in Tanzania. Consider including it in your Tanzania safari itinerary. Liaise with your preferred tour operator to help you plan out an amazing Tanzania safari tour including a visit to Kitulo National Park for amazing experiences away from or in in addition to the usual wild game national parks of Tanzania.

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