Kitulo National Park

Locals refer to Kitulo Plateau as "Bustani ya Mungu", meaning the Garden of God while botanist have dabbed it the Serengeti of flowers. The host to one of the great floral spectacles of the world, the well-watered volcanic soils of Kitulo support the largest and most important montane grassland community in Tanzania and one of the most important watersheds for the Great Ruaha river. Kitulo does not only have a multitude of orchids but also the stunning yellow-orange red-hot poker and variety of aloes, proteas, geraniums, giant lobelias, lilies and aster daisies of which more than 30 species are endemic to southern Tanzania.

Kitulo a botanist and hiker's paradise is also highly alluring to bird watchers. Tanzania's only population of the rare Denham's bustard is resident, alondside a breeding colony of the endangered blue swallow and such range-restricted species as mountain marsh widow, Njombe cisticola and Kipengele seedeater. Endemic species of butterfly, chameleon, lizard and frog further enhance the biological wealth of Kitulo. The park is in Southern Tanzania in Mbeya region. The temporary park headquarters at Matamba are situated approximately 100km (60 miles) from Mbeya town.

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