Bustani ya Mungu  - The Garden of God. This is the local peoples name for Kitulo Plateau, and when you have been there you will understand why. For botanists, who have dubbed it “the Serengeti of Flowers”, it is sheer paradise but you don’t have to be a botanist  to feel awed by the  kaleidoscope of floral splendour that erupts during the main rainy season of late November to April.

The well-watered volcanic soils support the largest and most important montane grassland in Tanzania and is home to a multitude of orchids, a variety of aloes, proteas, geraniums, giant lobelias, stunning yellow-orange red-hot poker, lilies and aster daisies - of which more than 30 species are endemic to southern Tanzania.

Kitulo Plateau National Park also attracts birdwatchers to enjoy Tanzanias only population of the rare Denhams bustard, the endangered blue swallow and range-restricted species as mountain marsh widow, and Kipengere seedeater.
A few mountain reedbuck and eland roam the open grassland and along with endemic species of butterfly, chameleon, lizard and frog they certainly enhance the biological wealth of Gods Garden.


                                                                    Photo by Inge Bolt