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.
Mikumi National Park is open for travellers all year round. The best time to visit Mikumi is during the dry season.
You can easily spot elephants, giraffes, zebras, impalas, wildebeests and buffaloes. Even though lions, spotted hyena and the endangered African wild dogs are spotted occasionally in the park.
Mikumi also has rich birdlife with around 400 bird species. Migratory birds from European countries and others parts of the world can be spotted during the wet season.
Mikumi National Park is accessible by both roadways and airways.
It is located 280 km away from the largest city of Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam and usually takes around 4 hours to reach Mikumi. It is also well connected to Selous, Udzungwa and Ruaha by roads however during the wet season the roads are not acessible.
You can reach by flight to Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam, from where you can take shuttle bus services from the airport to the Park’s headquarters. You can also take direct charter flights from Julius Nyerere International Airport, Arusha and Selous airports to Mikumi airstrip.