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Mikumi National Park

Welcome to Mikumi National Park in Tanzania

Mikumi National Park shares its border and ecosystem with Selous Game Reserve to the south and it is 3 to 4 hours’ drive from Dar-es-salaam. This park is situated along the main highway to Zambia and en-route to the national parks of Udzungwa Mountains, Kitulo and Ruaha. Mikumi National Park features mainly the Mikumi flood plain together with the mountain ranges which borders the park on 2 sides.Buffaloes in Mikumi National Park Tanzania

The open grassland is mainly in the flood plain, shrubland, together with the Miombo woodland that covers the lower hills. This park isn’t only one of the oldest park but also the fourth largest in Tanzania. Mikumi National Park extends up to 3230 square kilometres and offers refuge to a variety of wildlife most of which include buffaloes, wildebeests, elephants, lion, impalas, hippos, giraffes, zebras, yellow baboons, warthogs, leopard, crocodiles, hyenas, waterbuck, elands, monitor lizard, pythons, sable antelope, wild dogs, greater kudus, over 400 species of birds and many more.

Getting to Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park feature as one of the most famous tourist spots. It is situated near Dar-es-salaam and can be reached by road. By bus, all buses take the Dar-es-salaam to Mbeya route and can drop you at the park gate. Pickups can as well be planned for you from this point for you to proceed with your safari. However, you can also plan your safari with a credible tour operator such as African Jungle Adventures and 4×4 Uganda Ltd, or privately with park staff but it is better if you just rent one. By Car and motorcycle, Mikumi National Park gate is approximately 5 hours’ drive from Dar-es-salaam. You will need a 4 wheel drive car to be able to drive navigate through the remotest routes to the park.

Best time to visit Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park is best visited from June to October. During this period, most herds of elephants confine in this park and several other wildlife species especially the antelopes that confine in the few water sources. The wet season comes with renewed vegetation and some ungulates such as duikers and impalas can be spotted attending their young one.

During the wet season, especially from November to May is best for bird watching. The breeding period for most wildlife species at this park starts from March to May. The low season at this park takes place between April and May and it can be wet and few visitors are always registered. Its peak season starts from June to October.

Where to stay at Mikumi National Park?

For visitor overnight stay at this park, the notable areas include the Stanley’s Kopje Camp; this camp is small in size and features about 12 tents and more personalized. Vuma Hills Camp is another amazing area for you to spend a night at Mikumi National Park. Others include Mikumi Wildlife Camp previously called Kikoboga Lodge,

In conclusion, Mikumi National Park is such an incredible safari destination in Tanzania that shouldn’t miss out in your travel plan. It is one of the oldest parks and rewards you with a variety of attractions.