KITULO NATIONAL PARK

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Kitulo National Park is a protected area of montane grassland on the Kitulo Plateau in the southern highlands of Tanzania. The park is at an elevation of 2,600 metres (8,500 ft) between the peaks of the Kipengere and Poroto mountains and covers an area of 412.9 square kilometres (159.4 sq mi), located in the highlands of Tanzania partly Mbeya and mostly Njombe region.

In 1960's Kitulo's large area was taken by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, for wheat and sheep schemes. It was later turned to a diary farm, which remains active to date. As a result of concerns from conservation bodies and various stakeholders, part of the farm Livingstone and Nhumbe Forest Reserves were annexed and declared as a national Park by government notes 27 of 2005.

It is the first national park in tropical Africa to be established primarily to protect its flora.

Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as "Bustani ya Mungu" ("The Garden of God"), while botanists have referred to it as the "Serengeti of Flowers".

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