About Mikumi National Park

MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK

About Mikumi National Park

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 sq. km (47,000 sq. 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 centre piece 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 favored also by Mikumi’s elephants.

More than 400 bird species have been recorded, with such colorful common residents as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated long claw 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 water birds.

Getting there: 
A good surfaced road connects Mikumi to Dar es Salaam via Morogoro, a roughly 4 hour drive. Charter flights from Dar es Salaam, Arusha or Selous. Local buses run from Dar to park HQ where game drives can be arranged.

Highlights

  • SOME MEMBERS OF THE BIG FIVE
  • ACTION PACKED GAME DRIVES AND SAFARI PROGRAMME
  • BIRD WATCHING

ACTIVITIES

  • Twice daily game viewing drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles with sunrise and sundowner stops.
  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Visit Udzungwa or travel on to Selous or Ruaha
  • Walking Safari and Hiking

WILDLIFE

Animals here include lions, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo herds and giraffes. More than 400 bird species have been recorded, with such colorful common residents as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated long claw and bateleur eagle.