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Mikumi National Park

Swirls of opaque mist hide the advancing dawn. The first shafts of sun colour the fluffy grass heads rippling across the plain in a russet halo. A herd of zebras, confident in their camouflage at this predatory hour, pose like ballerinas, heads aligned and stripes merging in flowing motion.

Mikumi National Park abuts the northern border of Africa’s biggest game reserve – the Selous – and is transected by the surfaced road between Dar es Salaam and Iringa. It is thus the most accessible part of a 75,000 square kilometre (47,000 square mile) tract of wilderness that stretches east almost as far as the Indian Ocean.

The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centrepiece of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains.

Lions survey their grassy kingdom – and the zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo herds that migrate across it – from the flattened tops of termite mounds, or sometimes, during the rains, from perches high in the trees. Giraffes forage in the isolated acacia stands that fringe the Mkata River, islets of shade favoured also by Mikumi’s elephants.

Criss-crossed by a good circuit of game-viewing roads, the Mkata Floodplain is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful eland, the world’s largest antelope. The equally impressive greater kudu and sable antelope haunt the miombo-covered foothills of the mountains that rise from the park’s borders.

More than 400 bird species have been recorded, with such colourful common residents as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated longclaw and bateleur eagle joined by a host of European migrants during the rainy season. Hippos are the star attraction of the pair of pools situated 5km north of the main entrance gate, supported by an ever-changing cast of waterbirds.

You Will See

Buffalo

Buffalo

100%
Giraffe

Giraffe

80%
Lion

Lion

80%

Fox

30%
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

100%
Elephant

Elephant

100%
Zebra

Zebra

100%
Leopard

Leopard

80%
Hippo

Hippo

90%
White Rhino

Rhino

15%

When to go

The wildlife viewing experience remains almost constant throughout the year.

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The wildlife viewing experience remains almost constant throughout the year. But the best time to visit the park is during the dry season in the months of June to October.

March and April are the months to avoid when the park sees heavy rainfall.

Art & Culture

Road connectivity has catapulted Mikumi into the safari radar of the rabid safari

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Road connectivity has catapulted Mikumi into the safari radar of the rabid safari goers. And why not, the place is renowned for its wilderness. As the fourth largest park in Tanzania, it is home to predators like lions and leopards along with the endangered wild dogs and giant pachyderms along with 300 species of avifauna. Until recently the park was ravaged by poaching and was at the center of human-animal conflicts. But the introduction of cultural tourism backed by efforts of local villages’ conservation and wildlife population has received a shot in the arm. The rich cultural aspects of the southern region are being thrown open to the tourists as a means of diversifying tourism. Take a walk to the adjoining villages and explore the rich culture of the locals and also learn how locals’ communities are switching from maize cultivators to honey producers to save the wildlife

Culinary

The culinary traits of Tanzania are diverse and at Mikumi you get to enjoy all

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The culinary traits of Tanzania are diverse and at Mikumi you get to enjoy all the thrills of a typical Tanzanian plate like Nyama Choma, a meal of grilled meat (barbecue) with chicken, goat, fish or sheep being the preferred choice of meat, with veggies such as Mchicha, flatbreads , ugali will along with appetizing stuff that your local accommodation can whip up. Soups, roasts, grills and comfort food such as pasta with basil and fresh tomatoes will be served to take care of your hunger pangs. Artful plating may be a little too much to expect but your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs will be filling and tasteful.

How to go

Mikumi can be best reached from Dar Es Salaam, just like other safari

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Mikumi can be best reached from Dar Es Salaam, just like other safari destinations in southern circuit. It can be reached both by road and airplane. It is about 280 kms from the city of Dar

Roadways:

Tourists can reach Mikumi from Dar by driving down the highway which also connects to other parks in southern circuit. The drive time is around 4-5 hours.

Airways:

Tourists are required to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar and then take charter flights to Mikumi.

Activites

Here are some of the activities tourists get to enjoy in this southern

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Here are some of the activities tourists get to enjoy in this southern national park of Tanzania:

  • Regular game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Walking safari
  • Camping

What to see?

Mikumi is often compared with Serengeti for the sheer diversity in its

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Mikumi is often compared with Serengeti for the sheer diversity in its ecosystem. It accommodates wild animals like elephants, lions, crocodiles, warthogs, hippos, wildebeests, impalas and many more. Close to 400 bird species are recorded in this park; so look forward to them.

The hippo pools are a distinctive feature of this park. Multiple hippos can be seen from a far distance.

The Uniqueness of Mikumi National Park

  • Mikum National Park is the fourth largest national park in Tanzania.
  • Borders with Selous Game Reserve, Udzungwa Mountains, and Uluguru Mountains housing a diverse all-around landscape.
  • The world’s largest antelope, the powerful eland can be spotted at Mikumi make the park unique.

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