Area: 2010 sq km
Contiguous with the Tsavo west National park in Kenya: the Mkomazi – umba area can be located between latitudes 3047’ to 4033’S and Longitudes 37045 to 4033’S and Longitudes 37045’ to 38045’E. Close to same town along Moshi – Dar es Salaam road.
The pare Mountains, open plains characterized by bushed and wooded grassland; dry upland forest of the western mountainous area; Acacia – commiphora vegetation.
Highest peak is Kinondu rising to 1,600 meters above sea level.
High diversity of birds and insects; scenic beauty of the Pare mountains; large populations of gerenuk; views of Mount Kilimanjaro and a range of the Usambara Mountains: migrating birds: caves found along the slope of the Pare Mountains.
Elephant, giraffe, Grant’s gazelle, Lesserkudu, coke’s hartebeest, buffalo, gerenuk, zebra, warthog, reedbuck, waterbuck, Impala, eland, oryx, dikdik, silver backed jackal, wild dog and wildcat.
Distance and times:
120 km from Moshi; 155 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport; 200 km from Arusha; 480 km from Nairobi and 500 km from Dar es salaam. Takes 1 – 2 hours at a normal driving speed from the park to Kilimanjaro International Air port.
Best time to visit: June – January
Hotels and lodges in Same: campsites and picnic sites in the park: airfields within the park and at same town