Kitulo National Park Bird Checklist : Kitulo National Park is a beautiful calm Tanzania national park that the locals call it “Bustani ya Mungu” which literally translates to The Garden of God. The soft rolling plains of Kitulo National Park has high plateaus. Kitulo National Park has a variety of attractions including 350 plan species including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchids. Wild flowers, wild game like zebras and antelopes are some of the attractions in Kitulo National Park.

Kitulo National Park Bird Checklist

For travelers after bird watching, there are a number of bird species that travelers look out for. Below is the Kitulo National Park bird checklist;

  • Knob-billed Duck
  • Yellow-billed Duck
  • Red-winged Francolin
  • Common Quail
  • Harlequin Quail
  • Little Grebe
  • Denham’s Bustard
  • White-rumped Swift
  • Red-knobbed Coot
  • Black-headed Heron
  • Pallid Harrier
  • Common Buzzard
  • Mountain Buzzard
  • Augur Buzzard
  • Barn Owl

    Kitulo National Park Bird Checklist
    Barn Owl
  • Moustached Tinkerbird
  • Amur Falcon
  • Eleonora’s Falcon
  • Red-backed Shrike
  • Lesser Gray Shrike
  • Pied Crow
  • White-necked Raven
  • Rufous-naped Lark
  • Flappet Lark
  • Bar-throated Apalis
  • Black-lored Cisticola
  • Churring Cisticola
  • Zitting Cisticola
  • Wing-snapping Cisticola
  • African Yellow-Warbler
  • White-headed Sawwing
  • Black Sawwing
  • Banded Martin
  • Barn Swallow
  • Angola Swallow
  • Mosque Swallow
  • Yellow-throated Mountain Greenbul Endemic (country/region)
  • Common Bulbul
  • Garden Warbler
  • Southern Yellow White-eye
  • Red-winged Starling
  • Olive-flanked Robin-Chat
  • Cape Robin-Chat
  • Whinchat
  • African Stonechat
  • Malachite Sunbird
  • Forest Double-collared Sunbird
  • Baglafecht Weaver
  • Marsh Widowbird
  • Buff-shouldered Widowbird
  • Yellow-bellied Waxbill
  • Fawn-breasted Waxbill
  • Common Waxbill
  • Pin-tailed Whydah
  • African Pied Wagtail
  • African Pipit
  • Long-billed Pipit
  • Plain-backed Pipit
  • Yellow-throated Longclaw
  • Fülleborn’s Longclaw
  • Southern Citril
  • Yellow-browed Seedeater
  • Yellow-crowned Canary

Getting to Kitulo National Park

Looking to embark on a Tanzania wildlife safari, as well as bird watching safari in Tanzania, getting to Kitulo National Park is one of the aspects to know. Not many travel companies do offer safaris to Kitulo National Park and as such, knowing how to get yourself to the park shall be important. You can get to Kitulo National Park by road and by air.

By road, you need to move from Dar es Salaam to Mbeya road (A104), to Chimala town. Chimala is about 78km from Mbeya and 750km from Dar es Salaam. While at Chimala, take a gravelled road to Matamba which is 42km. From Matamba it is about 11km to the park.

By air, there are regular scheduled flights that fly to Mbeya, and from Mbeya you take on ground transportation to Kitulo National Park.

Things to Do in Kitulo National Park

There are a number of activities in Kitulo National Park that travelers can enjoy while on a Tanzania safari in the park. Activities in Kitulo National Park include walking safaris through the park, bird watching, hiking, and picnicking.

When to Go

Kitulo National Park is open all throughout the year. For travelers after bird watching, all year through is great, with the months of November through April being perfect. The flower season is during the wet season as well, in the months of December to April.

Accommodation / Where to Stay

There are no ‘very’ accommodation options inside Kitulo National Park that travelers who visit the park on a day visit, or multi-day stay, ought to consider booking lodging outside the park, especially in the nearest town to the park, Mbeya. These include among others Ifisi Community Centre, Bonaki Hotel, Mount Livingstone Hotel and Mdope Idde Hotel.

Kitulo National Park is a little known Tanzania national park found in the southern circuit of Tanzania. Kitulo National Park can be visited along with Ruaha National Park. Though little known to many, Kitulo National Park is a beautiful park to visit for a chance to take in the calm and scenic beauty of the park. Visit on a Tanzania safari for an opportunity to walk the grounds not many have taken, and enjoy the beauty there is!

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