Leaving Arusha to head to the coast, a few kilometres after the city of Moshi, the road is skirted by the Pare Mountains and, next to these, by the Usambara Mountains.
They both are part of the Eastern Arc Mountains. The highest Pare’s peak rises to 2,463 meters and this mountain range offers interesting birdwatching experiences.
The Usambara Mountains, with a maximum height of 2,400 meters, boasts fascinating ecosystems.
There are some protected areas that preserve some endemic species of plants and birds. The range hosts the green town of Lushoto, the Amani Natural Reserve and breathtaking views.
Between these two ranges you can visit the Mkomazi National Park. Designated since 2006, it covers 3,245 km2 and it has different altitudes.
Within the park you can find the typical savannah vegetation with acacias, baobabs and grazing lands.
It is characterized by a lack of water, therefore plenty of animals can be seen during the wet season: lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, some reintroduced and protected black rhinos, but it is also home to antelopes, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, cheetahs and wild dogs.