Kitulo National Park, Tanzania, the garden of Africa.

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Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as Bustani ya Mungu - The Garden of God – while botanists have dubbed it the Serengeti of Flowers, host to one of the great floral spectacles of the world. And one of Tanzania’s younger national parks is indeed a rare botanical marvel, home to a full 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid, which erupt into a riotous wildflower display of breathtaking scale and diversity during the main rainy season of late November to April.


Nationalparks

Kitulo

Size:

442 sq km (172 sq miles).

Location:

Southern Tanzania. The temporary park headquarters
at Matamba are situated approximately 100km (60 miles)
from Mbeya town.

How to get there:

4x4 only. From Chimala, 78km east of Mbeya along the
surfaced main road to Dar es Salaam, head south along
the rough but spectacular dirt road - called Hamsinina
Saba (57) after the number of hairpin bends alongits
length - to the temporary park headquarters at
Matamba, from where it’s another hour’s drive to the
plateau. Basic and erratic public transport is available.

To do:

Good hiking trails exist and will soon be developed
into a formal trail system. Open walking across the
grasslands to watch birds and wildflowers. Hill
climbing on the neighbouring ranges. A half-day
hike from the park across the Livingstone Mountains
leads to the sumptuous Matema Beach on Lake Nyasa.

Wildlife:

Denham's bustard, Blue Swallow, Mountain Marsh Widow,
Cisticola njombe, Kipengere Seedeater, Mountain Reedbuck,
Eland, Chameleon, Lizards, Frogs.

Best time:

Wildflower displays peak between December and April.
The sunnier months of September to November are
more comfortable for hiking but less rewarding to
botanists. Conditions are cold and foggy
from June to August.

Accommodation:

Mbeya is serviced by everything from luxury
hotels to simple guesthouses, while two simple
guesthouses also exist in Matamba. There is no
accommodation in the park as yet, but very
basic accommodation and meals are available at
the adjacent Kitulo Farm. Three special campsites
are planned within the park, catering to fully
equipped campers. Two moderately priced
church-run hostels are situated on Matema Beach.

Source: TANAPA.

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