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Mikumi National Park
Tanzania 's third largest National Park, covering 3230 square kilometres, Mikumi is one of the most popular of Tanzania 's National Parks. One of the principal features of Mikumi is the Mkata River Flood plain (an area of lush vegetation which attracts large numbers of elephants and buffaloes) along with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides (in the east the Uluguru Mountains , in the west the Rubeho Mountains ). Open grasslands dominate the flood plain, eventually merging with the miombo woodland covering the lower hills.

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Selous Game Reserve
Named after legendary British explorer, Frederick Courtenay Selous, the Reserve (more than three times the size of Serengeti National Park and twice the size of Belgium ), was founded in 1905 by the colonial administration and later expanded to include the traditional elephant migration routes. The Reserve is uninhabited and little touched by human interference. Visitors therefore will find themselves in a pristine wilderness far away from the established tourist routes. Its wildlife (including some of the last remaining black rhinoes) is spectacular, and some mammal populations (buffaloes, elephants, hippos, wild dogs, crocodiles) are the largest in Africa.

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Udzungwa National Park
Covers 1,990 square kilometres and is particularly suitable for hiking and climbing with trails through the rainforest and on the escarpment. The plateau is a natural lookout with views of sugar plantations against a patchwork of grassland and mountain forest extending over 100 kilometres. The centrepiece is the Sanje River which reinvents itself as a spectacular waterfall, plunging 170 meters through the forest to land in a spray of mist in the valley below. Two types of monkeys, the Iringa red colobus monkey and the Sanje Crested Mangabey, are endemic to the Udzungwa Mountains and are no found elsewhere in the mountains of Eastern Tanzania . Furthermore Udzungwa is particularly alluring to birdwatchers.

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Ruaha National Park
Ruaha, the second largest (after the Serengeti) of Tanzania National Parks, with its dramatic geography, is truly a vast unspoiled wilderness covering some 13,000 square kilometres and is amongst the wildest in Africa . It is part of an enormous expanse of protected land - the 30,000 square kilometre Rungwa - Kisigo - Ruaha ecosystem, most of which made up the Saba Game Reserve in former German colonial times. Ruaha is also interesting as it represents a transition zone where eastern and southern African species of fauna and flora overlap.

The river, after which the Park is named, winds through the eastern section, fringed by tall trees: acacia albida, tamarind and wild figs, as well as the majestic baobab, which could be regarded as the signature tree of Ruaha.

The valley of the Great Ruaha River is thought to be an extension of the Great Rift Valley and the Ruaha flows along the Park's entire eastern boundary through rugged gorges and open plains.
A rich diversity of animal and plant life is sheltered by the Park. Ruaha is a hauntingly beautiful and wild landscape of miombo forest, rolling woodlands, hills, rivers and plains and possesses a great variety of wildlife, including lion, leopard, cheetah, hunting dog, warthog, giraffe, zebra, huge herds of buffalo and large concentrations of elephant. It is the only East African Part where it is possible to see the greater and lesser kudu, as well as sable and roan antelopes.

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Kitulo National Park - Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as Bustani ya Mungu - The Garden of God - while botanists have dubbed it the Serengeti of Flowers, host to 'one of the great floral spectacles of the world'. And Kitulo is indeed a rare botanical marvel, home to a full 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid, which erupt into a riotous wildflower display of breathtaking scale and diversity during the main rainy season of late November to April.

Perched at around 2,600 metres (8,500 ft) between the rugged peaks of the Kipengere, Poroto and Livingstone Mountains, the well-watered volcanic soils of Kitulo support the largest and most important montane grassland community in Tanzania.

One of the most important watersheds for the Great Ruaha River, Kitulo is well known for its floral significance - not only a multitude of orchids, but also the stunning yellow-orange red-hot poker and a variety of aloes, proteas, geraniums, giant lobelias, lilies and aster daisies, of which more than 30 species are endemic to southern Tanzania.
Big game is sparsely represented, though a few hardy mountain reedbuck and eland still roam the open grassland.
But Kitulo - a botanist and hiker's paradise - is also highly alluring to birdwatchers. Tanzania's only population of the rare Denham's bustard is resident, alongside a breeding colony of the endangered blue swallow and such range-restricted species as mountain marsh widow, Njombe cisticola and Kipengere seedeater. Endemic species of butterfly, chameleon, lizard and frog further enhance the biological wealth of God's Garden.

About Kitulo Plateau National Park
Size: 412.9 sq km (159 sq miles)
Location: Southern Tanzania.
The temporary park headquarters at Matamba are situated approximately 100km (60 miles) from Mbeya town.

Highlights in this Area:
- Game Viewing
- Mountain Climbing
- Trekking
- Baloon Safari
- Cultural Tourism

North Eastern Tanzania:
- Zanzibar
- Saadan National Park
- Usambara Mountains
- Pare Mountains
- Mkomazi Game Reserve

Western Tanzania:
- Mahale Mt. National Park
- Katavi National Park
- Gombe Stream National Park
- Rubondo Island National Park

Other Places in Tanzania:
- Olduvai Gorge
- Engaruka
- Lake Natron
- Lake Eyasi
- Kilwa Kivinje
- Pangani
- Bagamoyo
- Lake Victoria
- Lake Tanganyika

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