Kitulo National Park

Kitulo National Park is located in the southern highlands of Tanzania; the park is mainly occupied by montane grassland which seats on the Kitulo Plateau. The park is at an elevation of 2,600 metres between the peaks of the Kipengere and Poroto mountains and covers an area of 412.9km² found in Mbeya and Njombe region. This park is unique of its own since it’s the first national park in tropical Africa to be gazetted with an aim of protecting its flora.

The local people refer Kitulo Plateau as “Bustani ya Mungu” translated in English as “The Garden of God” but the botanists refer it as the “Serengeti of Flowers”. Due to the different species of flowers found within the park. The park has got more than 45 different orchid species including the aster daisies, lilies, giant lobelia, yellow-orange red hot poker, aloe, Protea, geraniums of which some species are endemic to southern Tanzania.

A walk in the park makes visitors have a spectacular view of the different wildlife species within the park; these include mountain reed buck, eland, lizards, frogs, chameleon, butterflies, spiders plus some other small insects. It’s advisable to the visitors to book always during the summer time of September-October since it’s the best time for spotting some animals within the park and it’s preferred as being the best time for hiking plateaux, mountain and peaks.