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Kitulo National Park

Kitulo National Park

Nicknamed, Serengeti of Flowers, Kitulo National Park is the first National Park in the tropical Africa to be established primarily for its floristic importance.

Host one of the greatest floral spectacles of the world with 350 species of Vascular plants. Including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid!

Visitors can walk across the grasslands to watch birds and wildflowers. Hill climbing in mountain ranges is also offered. Hiking from the park across the Livingstone Mountains is another opportunity and will lead to breathtaking Matema beach in Lake Nyasa

Indeed, it is a rare botanical marvel, home to a newly discovered monkey species as well as which erupt into a riotous wild flowered display of breathtaking scale and the diversity during the main rain season.

Kitulo supports the largest and most important montane grassland community in Tanzania.

But Kitulo, a botanist and Hiker’s paradise, also is highly attractive to bird watchers. Tanzania’s only population of Denham’s Bustard is a resident, alongside blue swallow and such range-restricted species as mountain marsh widow, Njombe Cisticola and Kipengere seedeater.

Tourists can hike in the specially developed trail system. These include open walking across the grasslands to watch birds and wildflowers and hill climbing on the neighboring ranges.

A half-day hike from the park across the Livingstone Mountains leads to the scenic Matema beach on Lake Nyasa.

The Highland Mangabey, famously known as Kipunji is the first new monkey species discovered in Africa in 20 years.

 

Tourism Activities

The park is endowed with various tourism activities that visitors can do during their visit. The activities (includes);

Hiking, Nature Walking Safaris (Short Walking Safaris – SWS), 

Long Walking Safaris (LWS), 

Picnicking, Bird Viewing, Camping, Filming, and Cycling. 

Take one of our many walking trails that we have customized so that you can explore our park and nature along nhumbe forest with good habitat for over 50 meter trees, black and white colobus monkey, waterfalls. 

On Mount Livingstone ranges and grassland plain there are very interesting trails for flowers, hikers and forest lovers.

Nhumbe walking trail (1 – 3hrs)

Matamba ridge (4 – 10hrs walk)

Kipunji hiking trail with takes (8 -12hrs)

Kilasi hiking trail takes (3 – 6hrs)

Bamboo hiking trail takes (3 – 6hrs)

Ikubo hiking trail takes (3 – 6hrs)

Also there is a Trail from Ipelele to Matema Beach- Lake Nyasa that takes you a couple of days.

 

Game viewing

Explore game drive along Matamba ridge, montane grassland, bamboo forest and Mt. Livingstone trees, waterfalls and around nature flower garden. Four wheel (4X4) drive vehicles are recommended.

 

Birds watching

Kitulo National Park is an important bird area (IBA) with a wintering site for various bird species from South Africa and Europe. Some species from North Africa, Abdim’s stork in particular, use Kitulo as a wintering area. 

The plateau is also a home of breeding colonies of Blue swallow and Denham’s bustard. Other endemic bird’s species include: Lesser kestrel, Pallid Harrier, Cisticola njombe, Kipengere Seedeater and Uhehe fiscal. 

A number of waterbirds can be found at Dhambwe Crater Lake. These are: Yellow billed-duck, White-faced whistling ducks, Common teal, Open-billed stocks and Red knobbed coot.

 

Attractions outside the Park

These are places of interest which are outside the park, where tourists can visit, typically for its inherent or exhibited natural or cultural value, historical significance, natural or built beauty, offering leisure, adventure and amusement.

 

Matamba Ridge (Long walking safari)

The safari starts from mwakipembo campsite, then hikes to matamba ridge and descends to mlivili cave, it takes six hours (6hrs) walking. Walking to Matamba ridge route gives nice scenery and vision to grassland plains and horizons.

 

Other attractions / highlights; 

Nhumbe Waterfall

Its height is approximately 100 meter. The waterfall is 20 km from Mwakipembo main gate and takes one hour to walk down the waterfall and up to the picnic site. 

You can cool your body there and take brilliant photos.

 

Cultural Attractions

Mlivili cave is located along Matamba Ridge after Mwakipembo waterfall and Usalama cave is about 8 kilometers away from Common works Junction, the road to Mbeya via Isyonje. 

During those days of intertribal war, the caves were used as the hiding point by indigenous people from Wawanji, Wakinga and Nyakyusa from Mwakaleli. 

Nowadays, these areas are used as poachers’ hides.

 

How to get there

The park can be accessed from Mbeya town, which is about 110 Km away via Chimala road and 70 Km via Isyonje road. 

It is about 90 Km from Songwe Airport. The park can only be reached by road.

By Air: Through Songwe Airport; 90kms via Isyonje and 125 via Chimala small town to Kitulo.

 By Road: Mbeya city-Isyonje- Kitulo is 70 kms: Mbeya city-Chimala-Kitulo is 103kms, Njombe town-Ikonda-makete-Kitulo 165 kms.

 By Railway: Through railway transport Tanzania-Zambia (TAZARA), Iyunga and Makambako stations

Songwe airport is an airport in the southern highlands region of Tanzania serving the city of Mbeya and the nearby regions. 

It is able to accommodate commercial jet traffic. The services of domestic flights are provided by Air Tanzania, Precision air, Fast jet and Tropical air.