Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park

Overview

Mikumi National Park spread over 3,230 sq km of land is the fourth largest park of Tanzania. The Mikumi National Park is one of the least visited national parks in Tanzania on the southern circuit.

Mikumi is bounded by floodplains and mountain ranges from both sides. The Uluguru Mountains and its lush forests stand in the east, while in the southwest it is bordered by the Udzungwa Mountains and the Uluguru Mountains.

It is often compared to Serengeti national parks due to its varied landscape like the former. You can spot sporadic patches of acacia woodland and baobabs in the open grasslands of Mkata plains.

Mikumi forms a unique ecosystem with the Selous Game Reserve, which separates it from others park. Mikumi offers a distinctive and diverse background for wildlife photography.

Mikumi hosts a wide range of wildlife including the Big Five – which can be spotted in the park along with large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and impala. Giraffes and elephants are also common. Predators such as lion and spotted hyena are spotted occasionally. Troops of yellow baboon and vervet monkey can be seen all over the park. The endangered African wild dogs can also be spotted in the park.

Apart from the varied wildlife, Mikumi has a very rich bird population with over 400 aviary species. It also hosts the European migratory birds during the wet season.

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