Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park is the fourth largest national park in Tanzania covering an area of approximately 3230 km² and is situated in Mikumi, near Morogoro.
The park was established in 1964 and is bordered to the south with the Selous Game Reserve in which both form a distinctive ecosystem. The other natural areas that border the national park are the Uluguru Mountains and Udzungwa Mountains.
The park is one of the circuits of wildlife parks in Tanzania and is less visited by tourists, making it more protected from the interference and less constrain to the resources that are available. The routes that are mostly used within the park are those that cross the park and proceed to Ruaha national Park and Sealous.
Flora and Fauna
The landscape of the park is very vast and is often compared with Serengeti National Park. There is a road that passes through the park, dividing into almost two different environments. The southern part of the park is less accessible and with little wildlife. The section to the North West is mainly portrayed by the alluvial plain of the river basin Mkata and the vegetation which consists of savannah grasslands dotted with baobab, acacia trees, the rare palm and tamarinds. Also to the furthest end of the northern part you will see the magnificent rock formations of the mountains Rubeho and Uluguru.
The park has a wide variety of wild animals such as the lion in which the local guides advise that chances of seeing them climbing a tree are higher than those of Lake Manyara National Park. Other animals in the park include giraffe, elephants, impala, zebras, eland, spotted hyena, black antelope, kudu, baboons, buffaloes and wildebeests. Hippos can be found swimming and basking in the pools that are found in the park. More than four hundred species of birds have also been recorded in this park. This will be a plus to the lovers of birds.
The Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the National park is on the dry season which lies between May and November, it will enable you experience the warm weather and the spectacular attractions within the park. On the wet season, animals are scattered and some lodges are closed as from March to May
More about About Mikumi National Park
- The park is fourth largest National Park in Tanzania
- The size of the park is approximately 3220 km²
- The abundant wildlife makes it one of the best destinations to visit, although it’s less visited
- The park is accessible by road from Dar es Salaam
- Best for a weekend getaway from Dar es Salaam
- The 80% of Mikumi southeast is inaccessible to tourists and only about 60km circuit is open to tourists on the Mkata River floodplain which comprises of open grassland with dotted baobab tree and acacia woodland.
What to do
- Game drives
- Nature walks
- Guided walks
Where to stay
There are lodges and camps within the park that caters for all classes of visitors. Accommodation can also be found within Dar es Salaam.