Kitulo National park overview

Kitulo National park ,Roosted at around 2600 meters above sea level between the tough peaks of the Kipengere, Poroto, and Livingstone mountains, the very much watered volcanic soils of Kitulo National park support the largest and most important montane grassland community in Tanzania. Referred by locals as The Garden of God, Kitulo National Park is “one of the extraordinary flower exhibitions of the world”, a rare botanical marvel and home to 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid, which eject into a crazy wildflower show of amazing scale and decent variety during the principle blustery period of late November to April.

If you are looking to find botanical beauty while exploring and discovering Tanzania on safari then you have to go to the Kitulo National Park…. It’s a one of a kind national park. Forest walks, primate sightings, orchid discoveries are some of the best highlights that you can experience in the Kitulo National Park on a Tanzania southern safari.

What to see in Kitulo National park

Explore Kitulo National park along with 45 species of orchid, you can expect to see aloes, proteas, geraniums, lilies and more than 30 endemic plant species. Big game is spares with a few hardy mountain reedbuck and eland. Birdwatchers are rewarded by Tanzania’s only population of the rare Denham bustard and a host of important endemic species. Hikers will also enjoy fields of butterfly, chameleon and colourful frogs.

When to go to the Kitulo National park

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

What to do in Kitulo

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.

Climate in Kitulo

The climate is influenced by altitude, Lake Nyasa and is largely temperate. The maximum daily temperature varies from 14.5°c to 18°c and minimum ambient temperature ranges from 7°c to 8°c between December and April, and can go as low as 0.5˚c during June to August ,during this period frost occurs. The average annual rainfall is 1600mm ranging from 1500 – 1700mm. The rain season begins from October to May.

Getting there

The Kitulo National 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; 90 kms via Isyonje and 125 via Chimala small town to Kitulo.

By Road: Mbeya city-Isyonje- Kitulo is 70 kms: Mbeya city-Chimala-Kitulo is 103 kms: 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.