KITULO NATIONAL PARK
Perched at around 2,600 meters MASL (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 also the first national park in tropical Africa to be gazetted largely 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.
The big game is sparsely represented, though a few hardy mountain reedbuck 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.
Best time to visit Kitulo
The best time to visit Kitulo in Tanzania is from April through November. In this period you have a warm temperature and little precipitation. The highest average temperature in Kitulo is 85°F in October and the lowest is 74°F in June.
In the table below you can quickly see the average monthly weather in Kitulo, the monthly temperatures, or when the precipitation is the highest. Average monthly climate data is based on data from the past 30 years.