Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park

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Overview

Covering an area of 3230 sq km and bordering the Uluguru Mountains to the northeast, the Rubeho Mountains to the northwest and the Lumango Mountains to the southeast – Mikumi hosts a wild number of wild animals.

The fourth-largest national park of Tanzania guarantees wildlife sightings and a perfect safari destination for wildlife lovers.

The beautiful national park is easy to access from Dar-Es Saalam by road, so it’s the best destination for game viewing and day trips.

The Wildlife

Mikumi is often compared to Serengeti for its rich wildlife inhabitants. The most seen wildlife includes elephants, buffaloes, wildebeest, sable, eland, Liechtenstein’s hartebeest, giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras; spotted hyena, jackal, leopards, crocodiles and endangered wild dogs, and the chances are high to find yellow baboons near Kiboga at the southern end of the park.

The chances of seeing tree-climbing lions are more than Lake Manyara National Park.

The Birdlife

With more than 400 bird species, the park is a centerpiece for bird-lovers.

The most popular birds include. African hawk eagle, African grey hornbill, Long-tailed fiscal, African openbill, Cardinal woodpecker, Malachite kingfisher, Mariqua sunbird, Green wood-hoopoe, , Northern carmine bee-eater, Northern pied babbler, Shelley’s sunbird, Southern ground hornbill, Pale batis, Pale-billed hornbill, Red-billed oxpecker, Purple-crested turaco and many more.

November to April offers the best view of the migratory birds.

Mikumi National Park

Best Time To Visit

Mikumi National Park is good for wildlife viewing throughout the year. The dry season (June to October) is best as the vegetation becomes thinner due to less rainfall. And game viewing is easy when they concentrate around the water sources.

September and October offer the spectacular view of large herds of animals coming to drink water from the nearest waterholes.

The wet season (November to May) nature is green and lush and best to see the migrating birds.

Mikumi National Park

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Mikumi National Park

How To Go

How To Go

Your entry point to the land is Kilimanjaro National Park in Arusha and Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Saalam.

Safaris to Mikumi start from Das Es Saalam as the park is quite accessible from Dar. The park is about 4 hours drive from Dar by roadways. A scheduled flight is also available from the airport that will take one hour to reach and the flight also connects Selous, Ruaha and Zanzibar.

Normally your tour operator will pick you from the airport and takes care of your whole trip.

Uniqueness

  • Mikumi National Park’s location makes it access easily from Dar es Saalam
  • The tree-climbing lions are found more than from Lake Manyara National Park
  • It is the most popular park for researchers on ecology and conservation
  • The rare yellow baboons can be spotted here and research is going on about the primate
  • A subspecies of giraffe is found here in Mikumi which is considered to be liked with Masai giraffe and the reticulated or Somali giraffe, according to the biologists.
  • Watching the sunset and sunrise at the hippo pool is the spectacular one.
Mikumi National Park

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Mikumi National Park

Pros and Cons

Pros And Cons

Pros

  • A high concentration of game viewing is guaranteed throughout the year
  • Spotting the tree-climbing lions are more than from Lake Manyara National Park.
  • A guided walking safari lets the visitors explore the spectacles of nature closely

Cons

  • Wildlife viewing in the Wet season is hard
  • Peak seasons experience more crowds.

Activities

  • Game Drives
  • Bird Watching
  • Picnicking
  • Camping
  • Watching Sundowners at the hippo pool
  • Nature Walks
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Mikumi National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation

Mikumi covers all types of accommodations covering budget, mid-range and luxury stays.

The camps located in the heart of the wilderness will guarantee you a magical safari experience.

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Location

Mikumi National Park is located close to Dar Es Saalam. So it’s easy to access the park from DAR. The park borders Udzungwa Mountains and Uluguru Mountains.

By roadway, it will take 4 hours to reach the park and by domestic flights, it will take a maximum 1 hour to reach the park.

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