Kitulo National Park : Locals also refer to the Kitulo National Park as “The Garden of God,” and botanists refer to it as The Serengeti of Flowers.” The park is home to approximately 350 different species, including 45 different types of terrestrial orchids, which during the rainy season create a floral display. The greatest montane grassland in Tanzania is supported by the well-watered volcanic soils of the Poroto and Livingstone Mountains, which together occupy an area of 412.9 km2.

Animals in kitulo national park

The uncommon chimpanzee, zebra, chameleon, lizard, kipunji monkey, frogs, spiders, and other tiny insects that are native to the park are all found in Kitulo National Park, along with a variety of other animals. Three restricted-range mammal species—the endangered Kipunji, Rungwe dwarf Galago, and Abbott’s duiker—call the Livingstone Forest home. The woodlands of adjacent Mount Rungwe are home to all three species as well.

 Flora in kitulo national park

350 plant species, including several ground orchids, geophytes, and other Afro alpine plants, may be found in the Kitulo montane grasslands. Three species, Brachystelma kituloensis, Impatiens rosulata, and Pterygodium ukingense, are exclusive to the Kitulo Plateau, whereas many are restricted to the Kipengere Range and other highlands.

Kitulo National Park
Kitulo National Park

The park’s south-west-facing slope is covered in the montane, evergreen Livingstone forest. It is also the largest forest block in the Kipengere Range and the largest in the park. Between the upper montane forests and the high altitude grasslands are bamboo (Yushania alpina) tangles. This area is also home to the Bujingijila Gap, a little swath of farmland and tree plantations that divides the Livingstone Forest from the woodlands of Mount Rungwe.

Tourist attractions

Kitulo National Park’s Main Attractions Are:

  • There are 350 species of wild flowers that have been identified, including lilies and fields of daisies.
  • It is incredibly exciting for bird watchers.
  • The biological diversity of God’s Garden is enhanced by endemic species of frog, chameleon, lizard, and butterfly.
  • Natural birds and orchids
  • Site of natural rest for cross-continental migration.

Tourist activities  

The main activities in Kitulo National Park are:

  • Walking safaris are just one of the many excursions and things to do in Tanzania that can be added to your vacation. Here are some other things guests can do while they’re here:
  • Hiking: An official trail system will be created for the wonderful hiking paths. A quick hike will provide a totally unique experience. Hiking is a genuine and affordable way to explore the wildlife and view butterflies, chameleons, lizards, elands, and waterbuck. Explore the wildlife with a native African safari company or walking safari guide.
  • Walking safaris: Stroll through the open meadows to see wildflowers and birds.
  • Swimming: In addition to other attractions, you can cool yourself off by swimming in the Ruaha River.
  • Travelers can ascend Mouth Rungwe for a day trip to see primates including vervet, kipunji, and Columbus monkeys on the mountain slopes, which also provide fantastic views of Kitulo National Park.

Best time to visit

When to Visit Kitulo National Park: December to April is the best season to visit the park, while September to November is sunnier and better for hiking.

Getting There

The most straightforward way to get to the plateau is via charter flights from Dar es Salaam (Dar) or Arusha. It is also possible to travel from Kigoma (390 km/240 miles) or Mbeya (550 km/340 miles), but only in the dry season. From Dar es Salaam, Mpanda may be reached by rail through Tabora. Afterward, one can take public transportation to Sitalike, where one can schedule game drives. Give yourself plenty of time to get there and back if you’re traveling by land.

Kitulo National Park
Kitulo National Park

Why visit ?

The Kitulo Plateau, tucked between the craggy peaks of the Kipengere, Poroto, and Livingstone Mountains, can be reached via safari at Kitulo National Park. With its distinctive landscape, Kitulo is more similar to northern Tanzania’s Ngorongoro and Serengeti natural park. However, large mammals are uncommon in Kitulo, with the exception of a few mountain reedbuck and eland.

More people visit Kitulo Plateau National Park for the breathtaking floral panorama on exhibit, which is a favorite of nature enthusiasts and honeymooning couples. But the wide variety of flora, animals, and insects makes up for it, and the Kitulo Plateau serves as a year-round natural resting place for migratory birds traveling across continents to Europe.

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