Size: 3,230 square kilometres.
Location: A day's drive from Dar Es Salaam.
Known for: Population of elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, elands, and greater Kudu, wildebeest, roan and sable antelope
Bird Species: 400+
High season: June to October (Mikumi doesn't get crowds)
Best Time: June to October (Animals are attracted to the waterholes)
To Do: Game drives
Migratory Birds: Nov - Apr.
Altitude: 40-1,317m / 131-4,321ft
Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala and Buffalo can be found on the grassy plains. Lion, which prey on these animals, share the same area and can occasionally be spotted. Giraffe browse leaves from the isolated acacia trees that fringe the Mkata River. The small islands of shade provided by these acacias are also favored by elephant. Troops of yellow baboon and vervet monkey can be found throughout the park.
Mikumi National Park, is the third largest park in Tanzania, the park is the best destination for Big 5 Safari. Mikumi is primarily known for the exceptional diversity of the animal species that resides here. During the end of dry season, the waterholes, including the hippo pool, become a wildlife magnet and huge herds or elephant and buffalo visit these spots throughout the day. The park is accessible by surfaced road from Dar es Salaam. With more than 400 different species recorded, Mikumi is one of Africa's premier birding destinations and truly photographer's playground.
Frequently compared to the Serengeti in the north, Mikumi is sprawling national park that borders the massive Selous Game Reserve. The broad Mkata floodplain is an idea place to spot lions as they lazily survey the vast herds of buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, and impala that roam the grasslands. Elephants seek the shade of acacia stands while hippopotamus wallow in the pools close to the entrance gate.
Perhaps most unique to Mikumi are its African wild dog population and its large eland population. The largest member of the antelope family cuts a striking figure as it grazes on the open fields, and the park's huge array of bird live (over 400 species) make it a birder's paradise as well.
Wildlife viewing in Mikumi is throughout the year, but late June to October (the dry season) is the best time. During this time vegetation is thinner, and animals gather around predictable water sources.
September and October, which is the end of the Dry season, is particularly rewarding time for wildlife viewing as big herds of animals come to drink at the waterholes. However, at this time many vehicles can be lined up at the busy hippo pool.
Safari to Mikumi usually start from Dar es Salaam, where the main gate to Tanzania resides, Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA). In most cases, our representative will pick you up from the airport and handle all further ground operations or domestic flights.
In just four-hour drive from Dar es salaam, Mikumi National Park resides, which can be visited in solitude, as a weekend get-away. However, this can also be visited by safari vehicle en route to some of the popular parks in southern Tanzania such as Selous or Ruaha.
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