Mikumi National Park is one of the various Tanzania national parks that travelers who visit Tanzania can enjoy while on a Tanzania safari tour. Mikumi National Park is a Tanzania national park near Morogoro Tanzania covering a total area of 3,230 square kilometers. Mikumi National Park is the 4th largest Tanzania national park established in 1964.
Mikumi National Park borders Selous Game Reserve now known as Nyerere National Park after the 1st president of Tanzania. Mikumi National Park also borders Uduzungwa Mountains and Uluguru Mountains which travelers can combine with a visit on a Mikumi National Park safari. Malundwe Mountain is within the park and can thus be explored.
Mikumi National Park is often times referred to as the little Serengeti, located near Dar es Salaam. Mikumi National Park is a perfect Tanzania safari destination that travelers can visit if pressed with time and still get to enjoy a typical Tanzania safari experience.
Attractions in Mikumi National Park
There are a number of attractions in Mikumi National Park that travelers on a Mikumi National Park safari can enjoy, anytime of the year. Mikumi National Park boasts of a wide diversity of attractions that include savannah plains, acacia trees, baobab trees, palm and tamarind. There are a variety of animal species in Mikumi National Park that travelers can spot while on a Mikumi National Park safari, including elephants, impalas, zebras, elands, greater kudu, wildebeests, sable antelopes and buffalos. Several bird species can also be spotted while on a Mikumi National Park safari, including among others Lilac-breasted Roller and Yellow-throated Longclaw.
Activities in Mikumi National Park
With a number of attractions there are in the park, there are different activities in Mikumi National Park that travelers can enjoy while on a Mikumi National Park safari, even if it is a simple 1 Day Mikumi National Park safari, including;
Game drives in Mikumi National Park are the most done activity in Mikumi National Park. Game drives in Mikumi National Park can be done not only in the day but also in the night. Day game drives in Mikumi National Park can be done early in the morning, in the afternoon or even for the whole day for travelers after maximising their time in the park. day game drives in Mikumi National Park can start as early as 6:30am till 6pm. Game drives in Mikumi National Park have travelers spotting tree climbing lions if lucky, hippos at the hippo poo, among other Mikumi National Park animals including baboons, greater kudu, elands, and so much more.
A night game drive in Mikumi National Park gives you a unique viewpoint and a chance to catch a glimpse of nocturnal animals like leopards, hyenas, lions, and so many other nocturnal wildlife.
Bird watching in Mikumi National Park is one of the best things to enjoy on a Mikumi National Park safari anytime of the day. There are over 400 birds in Mikumi National Park that travelers can look out for including the Yellow-throated Longclaw, Saddle-billed stork, Long-tailed fiscal, Malachite Kingfisher, Cattle egrets, African Fish Eagle among so many others. The hippo pool especially is a great place to spot out different birds in Mikumi National Park safari.
One of the most amazing things to do in Mikumi National Park include a guided walking safari. A guided walking safari in Mikumi National Park has travelers embarking on short walks through designated walking trails in the company of armed rangers and guides. Guided walking safaris in Mikumi National Park have travelers learning and discovering more wildlife and hidden gems of the park; beautiful photographs can be taken of you here while on a guided walking safari experience in the wilderness.
Other Mikumi National Park activities include picnic, camping, as well as a cultural visit which takes travelers to local communities close to the park and engage in several activities like traditional dances, traditional food preparation and tasting, as well as visit the local market.
How to Get to Mikumi National Park
Travelers can get ti Mikumi National Park by first flying into Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam which is the main point of entry. You can then drive to Mikumi National Park from Dar es Salaam on a 4 hour drive. It is about 5 hours from Ruaha National Park to Mikumi National Park, and can thus be combined for a longer Tanzania safari tour visiting both Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park, say a 5 Days Ruaha and Mikumi Safari.
When to Visit Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park can be visited anytime of the year given the park is open throughout the year. The best time to visit Mikumi National Park however is during the dry season which falls in the months of June through October, and late December through February. The dry season is also the best time to visit for game viewing because the grass is shorter then thus aiding animal viewing. The wet season is also a great time for especially birding safaris.
Accommodation in Mikumi National Park
There are a number of accommodation in Mikumi National Park that travelers can stay at whilst on a Mikumi National Park safari including among others Camp Bastian, Mikumi Safari Lodge, Mikumi Wildlife Camp, Angalia Tented Camp, Vuma Hill Tented, Tan-Swiss Lodge and Mbuyuni Farm Retreat.
A Mikumi National Park safari is one of the best decisions you can make whilst in the southern part of Tanzania. A 1 day Mikumi National Park safari is also possible, especially for travelers with limited time to spare for an extensive safari. A 3 Days Mikumi National Park safari is also possible. You could also have an extensive Tanzania safari tour covering both the northern circuit and southern circuit of Tanzania, visiting national parks like Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania, Lake Manyara National Park, Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, and beyond. Reach out to a trusted tour operator to help you pitch an amazing Mikumi National Park safari and beyond!