Nestled within the heart of Tanzania, Mikumi National Park stands as the fourth-largest national park in the country. It’s not only expansive but also incredibly accessible from the bustling city of Dar es Salaam. With guaranteed wildlife sightings, Mikumi provides the ideal safari destination for those with limited time for travel. In just two days or more, you can immerse yourself in the splendor of Mikumi National Park. As a major gateway from Dar es Salaam, Mikumi is rapidly becoming a hotbed of tourism activity in Tanzania. It sits between the Uluguru Mountains and the Lumango, creating an enchanting landscape.
Mikumi National Park shares its northern border with Africa’s largest game reserve, the Selous. A well-paved road intersects the park, connecting Dar es Salaam to Iringa, offering the most convenient entry into a vast wilderness spanning 75,000 square kilometers (47,000 square miles) that stretches nearly to the Indian Ocean.
The park’s open horizons and rich biodiversity, particularly the Mkata Floodplain, which serves as its iconic centerpiece, have earned Mikumi comparisons to the renowned Serengeti Plains. Here, lions keep a watchful eye over their grassy kingdom, which hosts migrating herds of zebras, wildebeests, impalas, and buffalos. The termite mounds, flattened by the mighty paws of lions, often serve as their thrones, granting them a commanding view. During the rainy season, lions might also be spotted perched high in trees.
Giraffes gracefully forage amid the scattered acacia stands along the Mkata River, seeking the shelter of these solitary islets of shade, a preference shared by Mikumi’s elegant elephants.
The Mkata Floodplain features a well-maintained network of game-viewing roads, rendering it one of the most reliable locations in Tanzania to witness the majestic eland, the largest antelope on Earth. The equally stunning greater kudu and sable antelope frequent the miombo-covered foothills of the mountains that encircle the park.
Mikumi is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 400 recorded species. Vibrant, common avian residents like the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated longclaw, and bateleur eagle are joined by an array of European migrants during the rainy season. Yet, it’s the hippos that steal the spotlight, residing in the two pools just 5 kilometers north of the main entrance gate, surrounded by a dynamic cast of water birds.
Mikumi National Park is readily accessible by road. A well-maintained surfaced road links Mikumi to Dar es Salaam via Morogoro, making it approximately a four-hour drive. In addition, road connections extend to Udzungwa, Ruaha, and during the dry season, Selous. Charter flights are available from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Selous. Local buses operate between Dar es Salaam and the park’s headquarters, where you can arrange game drives.
Mikumi National Park offers an array of exciting activities:
Mikumi National Park can be easily combined with gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda. Trek Africa Expeditions assists you in planning your safari to Mikumi National Park, ensuring a memorable experience.
Mikumi National Park is accessible year-round, making it an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts regardless of the season.
Enjoy a comfortable and immersive stay during your visit to Mikumi National Park with a choice of accommodations:
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