Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National ParkÂ is a superb park for a weekend getaway visit or as a part of a longer trip on to Udzungwa and Ruaha National Parks. Within 5 minutes of entering the park you will have seen up to 10 species of large mammals. Mikumi is also excellent for birdwatching and is classified as an important bird area by the IUCN.
Mikumi National ParkÂ is now the fourth largest of Tanzania’s parks and is one of the least well known on an international level.Â Mikumi National ParkÂ is easily accessible, located only 300 km from Dar on the Tanzam Highway.
Only a small section of the park, about 20% has been developed for tourism and it lies to the north of the highway. South of the road Mikumi shares its border with theÂ Selous Game ReserveÂ , but this largely wooded hilly area remains fairly inaccessible.
The main feature ofÂ Mikum National ParkÂ is the extensive Mkata River Flood Plain, comparable to the open grasslands of the Serengeti. The plain is flanked by theÂ Uluguru MountainsÂ to the north, and theÂ Udzungwa MountainsÂ to the south. A typical game drive will reveal elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthog, wildebeest and impala all in impressive numbers.
There is even the chance to see lion, hyena, jackal and eland. The bird-life at Mikumi is exceptional, with one guest seeing 180 species without leaving his lodge!
Birdwatching In Mikumi National Park
Over 400 bird species are present in the park with numerous colourful common residents including the: lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated longclaw and the superb starling
Game Driving in Mikumi
Mikumi National Park offers a superb chance to see many different species of big game animals in a short time.
Walking Safari in Mikumi National Park
There are two trails for walking in Mikumi National park, both on the hills by Chamgore in the north of the main tourist area.