mikumi national park tanzania

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park borders with the Africa's largest Game Reserve: Selous.
It is easily accessible because it is crossed by the road that leads from Dar es Salaam to Iringa.
The park is developed in a horseshoe shape between mountains and forests, in the middle there are the plains where the Mkata river flows.

The boundless spaces and abundance of wild animals of the Mkata river plain match the frequent comparisons with the most famous Serengeti plains.

More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park, ranging from the lilac-breasted chestnut to the yellow-throated gargoyle to the juggling hawk that migrates from Europe to Tanzania during the rainy season.
There are many hippos and we can find them in ponds located about 5 km north of the main entrance.
In the same places it is easy to find a multitude of constantly changing water birds.

Peculiarities of Mikumi National Park:

  • it is the fourth largest national park in Tanzania;
  • many species of animals migrate between Mikumi and Selous;
  • in addition to hippopotamus, you can also find crocodiles in the rivers, while on the mainland you can meet: lions, buffaloes, impalas, gazelles, elephants and giraffes.

What to do

Bird watching, walking safaris, wildlife safaris, camping, night safari.

Position

It covers an area of about 3,250 km², it is at 283 km west of Dar es Salaam.

Getting There

A good road connects Mikumi to Dar es Salaam, passing through Morogoro (about 4 hours by car).
There are also road connections with Udzungwa, Ruaha and (only in the dry season) with Selous.
A charter flight from Dar es Salaam, Arusha or Selous.
Local buses run from Dar es Salaam to the park headquarters where safaris can be organized.

When to Go

The climate is tropical and the park is accessible year-round, although the best time to visit is during the dry season, between June and February.
During the rainy season, from March to May, some roads in the park are not accessible.

Where to Stay

There are two lodges, three luxury tented camps, three campsites.
You can find guest houses in the town of Mikumi on the edge of the park.
There is a house in Mahondo and a permanent tented camp in Lumaaga.

Go to Gallery