Mikumi National Park
- Size: 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles), the fourth-largest national park in Tanzania, and part of a much larger ecosystem centred on the uniquely vast Selous Game Reserve.
- Location: 283 km (175 miles) west of Dar es Salaam, north of Selous, and en route to Ruaha, Udzungwa and (for the intrepid) Katavi.
- Getting There: A good surfaced road connects Mikumi to Dar es Salaam via Morogoro, a roughly 4 hour drive.
Also road connections to Udzungwa, Ruaha and (dry season only) Selous.
Charter flight from Dar es Salaam, Arusha or Selous. Local buses run from Dar to park HQ where game drives can be arranged.
- What To Do: Game drives and guided walks. Visit nearby Udzungwa or travel on to Selous or Ruaha.
- Accommodation: Two lodges, three luxury tented camps, three campsites.
Guest houses in Mikumi town on the park border. One lodge is proposed at Mahondo and one permanent tented camp at Lumaag
Mikumi National Park shares it border with the Selous Game Reserve, Africa’s biggest game reserve. The road between Dar es Salaam and Iringa transects the park and hence is the most accessible park in the southern circuit which is a 75,000 sq km untouched wilderness stretching as far as the Indian Ocean.
Mikumi’s open horizons and sheer diversity and abundance of wildlife, especially in its centerpiece, Mkata Floodplains often draws frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains.
Lions which mark their territory often have a keen eye on the herds of zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo that migrate across the plains. During the rains, they do this from high above the branches of the trees. Near to the Mkata River, you can spot giraffe forage into the isolated acacia woodland.The islets of shade are also favored by Mikumi’s elephants.
Criss-crossed by a good circuit of game-viewing roads, the Mkata Floodplain is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful eland, the world’s largest antelope. The equally impressive greater kudu and sable antelope haunt the miombo-covered foothills of the mountains that rise from the park’s borders.
More than 400 bird species have been recorded, with such colourful 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.