Kitulo National Park

Kitulo is a hidden gem located in the far south of Tanzania. It is Tanzania’s first national park that is specifically set aside for its floral significance. Locals refer to it as “Bustani ya Mungu” – translated as God’s Garden. This rare botanical garden is home to more than 350 plant species – including 40 different terrestrial orchids. It is a paradise for ornithologists with some rare bird species.

This National Park becomes truly alive during the wet season from December to April when most wildflowers are blooming. An incredible wide range of various colors await you, however, be prepared as the hiking trails become quite muddy. This is not a classic big game destination, although you can come across eland, reedbucks and zebras.

Main Facts

established in 2005 with a size of 413 km²

Best Time

all year around – best during wet season: December to April

Vegetation of Wild Flowers

aloes, geraniums, irises & orchids
No Big Game, rarely seen: elands, kipunjo monkeys, reedbucks & zebras

Activities

bird watching
hiking
wild flower viewing

Expectations

a delight for botanist with colorful orchids, lobelias and lilies
a paradise for birdwatchers with various endemic species
various hiking opportunities for adventurous travelers

Further Details – Kitulo National Park

There is no accommodation near the National Park, however, the park can be reached as a day excursion from Mbeya.