Kitulo National Park

Kitulo is nestled in between the peaks of three mountains and houses a unique ecosystem that is home to 350 species of vascular plants, including beautiful specimens of orchid.

Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as Bustani ya Mungu – The Garden of God. Botanists have also lauded it as the Serengeti of Flowers, touting it as host to ‘one of the great floral spectacles of the world’.

Kitulo has rightly deserved such accolades, being home to around 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchids. These orchids are known to explode into a fascinating and large-scale display of beauty during the period from late November to April.

Nestled between the peaks of three mountains (Kipengere, Poroto, and Livingstone) makes the volcanic soil especially rich and moist. These characteristics make this plateau the largest and arguably the most important grassland community in Tanzania.

This untouched landscape is made even more special by the birds species that add their own special melody to the scene.

What You’ll See

Kitulo National Park is the latest to join Tanzania’s tourist destinations.

Kitulo Plateau National Park is, in fact, the latest to join the list of Tanzania’s tourist destinations. This Bustani ya Mungu (Garden of God), is a truly unique gem in Tanzania. It covers 413 square kilometers and is nestled in one of the highest altitudes of any national park in Africa.

It is the only one of its kind in Africa where visitors can see the harmonious accord between wildflowers, birds, and the mammals as they exist side by side in the Southern highlands of Tanzania.

wFor six months out of the year (November to April), visitors can hike along a path that is engulfed in wildflowers, including lilies and fields brimming with daisies.

This is admittedly not a big animal reserve – you’re not going to see lions and elephants. But if you want to see the lush, verdant side of Tanzania, this is the ideal location.

Visitors will also witness a rich array of bird species. These include the rare Denham’s bustard, the endangered blue swallow, the mountain marsh widow, the Njombe cisticola, and the Kipengere seedeater. It is also the resting place of several bird species, including European white storks as they migrate to Northern Europe.

Other wildlife species that can be viewed naturally within the park include butterflies, chameleons, and frog populations, all of which maintain the unique ecosystem that makes God’s Garden what it is today.

Kitulo National Park stands alone, boasted as the only tourist destination in the continent that offers such a rich floral experience. It is a refreshing change from the traditional African safari experiences, but no less rich. The location offers a warm invitation to tourists from around the world.

If you’re looking for a unique experience in a rarely visited and uncongested park, Kitulo Plateau is for you.

Source: Tanzania Tourist Board

Header Image Credit: Tanzania Tourist Board

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