While Tanzania hosts many breath-taking national parks, Mikumi got its separate and unique place. Placed in the Southern circuit of the country, Mikumi is a remote yet catchy national park with breath-taking views.
The national park is easy to travel from Dar es Salaam, sandwiched between the Uluguru Mountains and the Lumango range. The national park lies just about 250km west of Dar es Salaam. It takes around 4 hours to reach Mikumi from Dar es Salaam.
The national park is the 4th largest national park in the country acquiring 3,230 km². The national park was established in 1964.
The national park welcomes around 41,666 visitors each year. Most of the visitors prefer to plan their safari trip to Mikumi in the dry season as it showcases a decent game-view during the dry season.
The national park enables various activities like game drive, walking safari, flying safari and more. The Mkata Floodplain is the solid plain of the national park where you can spot eland, the largest antelope in the world.
This national park is a great place for spotting African wild dogs that are now an endangered species of Tanzania.
Apart from antelopes and elands the national park offers an opportunity to spot some other animals like; bison, wildebeest, zebra, lion, elephant, impala, hippos, giraffe, warthog, waterbuck. Amongst the iconic species of the national park, few are a crocodile, screen reptile and python. The national park hosts around 400 species of birds.
Mikumi has a variety of vegetation types ranging from seasonally flooded grassland to woodland and riverine forest. The Afromontane forest found on the summit of Malundwe Mountains is part of forest type that is renowned for its unique flora and fauna.
The best time to visit the park is during the dry season (May- October)
June - October
By Road: About 288 km from Dar es Salaam; a 4 hours drive.
By Aircraft: The Park can also be reachable
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