Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park

Size: 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles)
Established: 1964
Location:  Southern Circuit

Covering 3230 sq km, Mikumi National Park holds the same beauty as Serengeti. The vast savannah is covered with acacias, baobas and tamarinds. The nearest city to Mikumi is Dar es Salaam.The northern boundary harbours some of the mountains and rocks. The Ruhebo and Uluguru are notable. A healthy population of elephants, giraffes and buffaloes dwell inside the park.

With almost guaranteed year-round wildlife sightings, Mikumi is an ideal safari destination for those without much time. The tamarind trees are a favourite spot for elephants and giraffes that spend hours eating the fruits.

In addition to this other highlighted wildlife are Zebra, wildebeest, impala, sable antelopes, greater kudus, and many more. The park is also home to lions as well as leopards. African wild dogs are the rare creatures strolling in the park. Few hippos can be also spotted swimming in the pool.

More than 400 bird species, Mikumi National Park is also a heaven for birding-lovers. The most common ones being marabou storks, bateleur eagles, the black bellied bustards, guinea fowls, ox peckers, colorful lilac breasted rollers and yellow throated long claws. These are some of the many species you are likely to spot. The park also witnesses a passing of migrating birds from Europe during the rainy season such as blacksmith plovers, cattle egrets, various herons, fish eagles and many more.

Mikumi National Park At A Glance

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Wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The dry season (June to October) considered being the best as the vegetation becomes thinner and wild animals concentrate near the water sources.

The highlighted wildlife are Zebra, wildebeest, impala, sable antelopes, greater kudus, and many more. The park is also home to lions as well as leopards. African wild dogs are the rare creatures strolling in the park. Few hippos can be also spotted swimming in the pool.

More than 400 bird species the birds spotted include marabou storks, bateleur eagles, the black bellied bustards, guinea fowls, ox peckers, colorful lilac breasted rollers and yellow throated long claws. The park also witnesses a passing of migrating birds from Europe during the rainy season such as blacksmith plovers, cattle egrets, various herons, fish eagles and many more.

Game Drives

Bird Watching

Picnicking

Camping

Like other national parks, travelling to Mikumi National Park is also safe. Although some health concerns are necessary to follow, like mosquito repellent with at least 30% DEET, antimalaria medication and covering the skin during the evening time.

Most importantly you need to follow the instructions of your guide in your whole trip.

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