- Sep, 04/2019
- By: Fahad
Kitulo National park is one of Tanzania’s smallest National Parks covering an area of 413 km2. It is a protected area of montane grassland on the Kitulo Plateau in the southern highlands of Tanzania, lying between Mbeya and Njombe Regions. The park is at an elevation of 2,600 meters (8,500 ft) between the peaks of the Kipengere and Poroto mountains. It is the first national park in tropical Africa to be established primarily to protect its flora.
Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as "Bustani ya Mungu" ("The Garden of God"), while botanists have referred to it as the "Serengeti of Flowers". The park is the only of its kind in Africa where wild flowers, birds and harmonious grass eating mammals are dominating
Kitulo is indeed a rare botanical marvel, home to a full 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchids, 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.
The tourist activities offered within a park include Bird watching, mountain climbing, guided nature walks across the grasslands to watch the wildflowers and photographing.
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