Mikumi National Park

Mikumi national park is Tanzania’s fourth-biggest national park. It’s additionally the most open from Dar es Salaam. With confirmed wild life sightings, it makes a perfect safari goal for those who are busy and have less time to travel, two days or more can get you an opportunity to explore the splendor of mikumi national park..Since  the formation of a highway connecting mikumi national park  to  Dar es Salaam tanzanias busiests and largest city , Mikumi national park has been slated to  to be a major a hotspot for the travel industry in Tanzania. Situated between the Uluguru Mountains and the Lumango go, Mikumi is the fourth biggest national park in Tanzania and just a couple of hours drive from Tanzania’s biggest city. The park center has a wide assortment of natural life that can be simple spotted and furthermore very much suitable to viewing in a game drive. Its vicinity to Dar es Salaam and the measure of wildlife that live inside its fringes makes Mikumi National Park a well-known choice  for those travelers who don’t have much time but also want
to enjoy  a wildlife safari to mikumi national park.

Mikumi national park is one of the protected areas that are found in the Southern part of the country. Its located not far from the shores of Indian ocean, it the park was established in 1964. Mikumi national park has risen through several landers after it was gazette as national park. It began as a small game reserve till 1975 when more land from both South and Northern sides were added in to the park. Currently the park is the 4th largest national park in Tanzania covering a total land area of 3,230 square kilometers.

our planed Mikumi national park safari takes you to the land of Arc Mountains that surround the park across all directions. The most famous mountains are the Uluguru Mountains that are found on the Eastern part of the Park. In the West and the north you find the Mazunyungu hills, Madzini hills and Mbesera hills. Mikumi is one of the best national parks though not very famous but has great wildlife experience. Its unique surrounding by the mountains and the hills has given more reflection of light to the park that gives good scenic and fabulous color and light around the park. The views of the sunset and sunrise are good especially if you hike to the top of any hill or mountain and observe the sun rise or sun set.

Mikumi national park has diversified ecosystem that is further more divided by the rod that runs across the park. The road separates the park in to two sections one is North West and the other is South East. Both sides have different ecosystem with little in common for example the north West its dominated by the open alluvial plains that are characterized by more Acacia trees and the large Boababs tree. The North West is more like the Tarangire National park and here in this region you get more African Elephants. On the other side of the road which is less accessed for Mikumi national park safari and game viewing. The vegetation is thick and dominated by shrubs with few wildlife found in the area hence making it less exploited.

The Mikumi national park safari is best done in the North West commonly known as the “Mkata plains”. The plains have similar characteristics with the famous Serengeti national park that is found in the Northern part of Tanzania. If you like hiking then the Northern part of Mikumi national park will be the place to be during your Mikumi national park safari. It has unique rock formations like Ruhebo Mountains and Uluguru Mountains

Attractions in mikumi national park

Mikumi National park Wildlife

Nicknamed as little Serengeti national park is Mikumi national park, its rich with a wide range of wildlife. The park hosts large number of the big game that covers four members of African bi five only missing Rhinos. Mikumi is a home of large herds of Elephants, Buffaloes, Zebras, wildebeest, hyenas, Leopards, Lions, Sable Antelopes, Great Kudu, and many more. The chances of seeing tree climbing lions in Mikumi national park are higher than in the famous tree climbing lions home that is Lake Manyara national park.

Bird Species

.Birds is one of the key Attractions in Mikumi national park, the park has over 400 bird species with both permanent habitats and migratory birds. This large number of birds has made the park one of the birding destinations in the Southern part of Tanzania. The long lists of birds can be achieved with patient Mikumi national park safaris that last beyond 3 days. However much the size of the park is not all that very big but the diversity of the ecosystem and the vegetation has attracted different bird species. The most sighted birds are: Black billied bustard, Secretary bird, Guinea fowl, Ox peckers, Bateleur eagles, cattle egret.

Mountains

Mikumi national park is situated in the middle of mountains hence making mountains some of the key Attractions in Mikumi national park. The scenic views of the mountains that have unique formation system attracts more guests especially writers, photographers and researchers to the park. The most common and famous mountains are Uluguru mountains that every guests wants to try to hike during their safari to Mikumi national park. Other mountains around the park include: Udzugwa Mountains, Malundwe Mountains which is the largest and the highest mountain. Its found in the center of the national park connecting Uluguru mountains with Udzungwa mountains and Uvidunda.  Malundwe Mountains is consist of three peaks with the highest peak found on the Southern part reaching up to 1290 meters.

Best time to visit Mikumi National park

Wildlife viewing in Mikumi is fine throughout the year, but the best time is from late June to October (the Dry season). At this time vegetation is thinner, and animals gather around waterholes. The end of the Dry season (September and October) is particularly rewarding as big herds of animals come to drink at the last sources of water.

Best Time – June to October (Animals are attracted to the waterholes)

High Season – June to October (Mikumi doesn’t usually have crowds at any time)

Low Season – April and May (Low season discounts might apply)

Worst Weather – March and April (Peak of Wet season)

June to October –Dry Season

  • Wildlife is easier to spot as vegetation thins out, and animals concentrate around waterholes and rivers
  • Abundant sunshine and little rainfall
  • The risk of catching malaria is less as there are not as many mosquitoes
  • There is not as much humidity, so the heat seems less severe
  • There is a lot of dust in the air because it is very dry
  • Many vehicles at the hippo pool

November to May –Wet Season

  • The scenery is green and lush
  • Prices may be less, and there are few tourists in the low season of April and May
  • Birding is at its best as migratory birds arrive
  • Roads may be washed out and troublesome to use
  • Wildlife viewing is not as good compared to the middle and end of the Dry season
  • Wet season is at its height from March to April
  • It gets humid and hot

How to get to Mikumi National Park

Safaris to Mikumi usually start from Dar es Salaam, and your point of entry for the country is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). In most cases, your tour operator will pick you up from the airport and handle all further ground operations or domestic flights.

Mikumi is a four-hour drive away from Dar es Salaam and can easily be visited as a weekend get-away. However, most people visit Mikumi en route to Selous or Ruaha, the more popular parks in southern Tanzania. The only scheduled flights to Mikumi are with Safari Air Link which offers a daily connection to Ruaha, Selous, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

If driving from Ruaha, the distance is about 320km/200mi, and the drive takes roughly five hours.

Mikumi National park Safari Prices

The Mikumi national park Safari Tier 2 (Deluxe Experience) rooming & safari activity rate in Tanzania starts from US $600 to US $850 per person/night sharing on average with the very few topping to around $1000 a night for a highly discerning, authentic and private experience.

Mikumi National Park 2 Days 1 Nigh

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