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Kitulo National Park

Kitulo National Park, a rare botanic marvel, is a paradise for botanists. Settle at around 2,600 metres (8,500 ft) between the rocky peaks of Kipengere, Porto and Livingstone Mountain, the well-watered soils of Kitulo sustains the largest and significant grassland region in Tanzania.

It is referred as “Bustani ya Mungu” by local people which means “The Garden of Gods.”

The park boast of 350 vascular plant species, including45 terrestrial orchid varieties along with the stunning yellow-orange red-hot poker, aster daisies, aloes, lilies, proteas, giant lobelias. It also has over 30 species geraniums which are endemic to southern Tanzania. The diversity and exuberance of the floral display of Kitulo during its blooming season are unparallel and unmatched to any other place in the world.

Kitulo National Park is also birders heaven. It has a rich bird species and is home to several rare species including the Denham’s bustard, which is can be spotted only in Kitulo in Tanzania. Endangered blue swallows, mountain marsh widow, Kipengere and other mountainous bird species can be spotted easily. However large mammals are hard to spot in Kitulo, but you can spot a few mountain reedbucks and eland roaming in the grassland.

Many endemic species of butterfly, chameleon, lizard and mountainous ungulates are found in Kitulo enhancing the biological richness of the God’s Garden.

You Will See

Giraffe

Giraffe

50%
Elephant

Elephant

100%
Zebra

Zebra

100%
Lion

Lion

80%

Fox

30%
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

70%
Leopard

Leopard

80%
Hippo

Hippo

90%
White Rhino

Rhino

0%

When to go

The most pleasant time to visit the park is during the dry season, from May to October.

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The most pleasant time to visit the park is during the dry season, from May to October. However, during the wet season, the roads within the park are often flooded but may be passable from mid-December to February.

Best time to visit: May to October

Fair time to visit: mid- December to February

Time to avoid: March and April (heavy rainfall)

Art & Culture

Two of the most famous art of Tanzania, the Makonde art and Tingatinga art have

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Two of the most famous art of Tanzania, the Makonde art and Tingatinga art have originated for this region. Makonde art is the famous wood carving of Tanzania, which is done by the Makonde tribe of the southern region. Tingatinga art, the famous artwork, has its origin from the Makua tribe of the Lindi region in Southern Tanzania.

Culinary

The food of Kitulo is similar to the mainland with, ugali as their staple food.

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The food of Kitulo is similar to the mainland with, ugali as their staple food. Kahawa (coffee) or chai (tea) and mkate (bread) are usually taken for breakfast. The mid-day meal is considered as the most important meal of the day. Mid-meal generally consists of ugali with a sauce containing meat, fish, beans or greens. Rice and ndizi (cooked plantains) are other staples with chips. Dinner is very similar to lunch with an added meat portion, however, the dinner is less rich than the lunch.

How to go

Kitulo National Park is well connected by roadways, railways and airways.

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Kitulo National Park is well connected by roadways, railways and airways. Airways is the most preferred mode of transportation.

Roadways

You can either drive from Mbeya to Kitluo plateau, which is 550 Km /340 miles or you can also drive from Kigoma which is 390 km/240miles from Kitluo. However, the later road can be used only during the dry season.

Train

Charter flights are available from Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam to Kitulo and is the easiest way to reach the plateau.

Railways

You can also take a train from Dar to Mpanda via Tabora. From Mpanda, you can take public transportation to Sitalike, where game drives are arranged.

Activites

Listed below are some of the activities which you can do during

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Listed below are some of the activities which you can do during your visit to Kitluo National Park:

  • Hiking
  • Walking Safaris
  • Bird Safaris
  • Camping

What to see?

Unlike the rest of the national parks of Tanzania, Kitluo National Park is known for its floral.

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Unlike the rest of the national parks of Tanzania, Kitluo National Park is known for its floral diversity rather than its wildlife diversity. It is home to 350 species of vascular plants including 45varities of orchids.

Even though it does not have large animals like the other parks in Tanzania, still with its diverse plants, birds and butterflies it compensates all.

It is an important birding area, birds such as Denham Bustard, Blue swallow, lesser kestrel, Njembe cisticola, Kipengere seedeater, Pallid Harrier and many others found on this plateau are endemic to Kitluo.

Other wildlife spectacles which are found in this park are mountain reedbuck, eland, lizards, frogs, chameleon, butterflies, spiders and other small insects.

The Uniqueness of Kitulo National Park

  • Kitulo National Park host one of the greatest floral spectacle on earth.
  • It is home to 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid, some of which are endemic to the region.
  • Kitulo is known as “BustaniyaMungu” which means God’s Garden by locals. It is also nicknamed as the Serengeti of flower by researchers.

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