Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park is lying just to the north of the famous Selous Game Reserve. Gazetted in 1964 covering an area of 1070 km2, it was later extended in 1975 to cover the current area of 3,230 sq km, the Park is the fifth largest National Park in Tanzania after the Ruaha (20,226km2), Serengeti (14763km2), Katavi (4471 km2) and Mkomazi (3245km2). It is in one ecosystem with Selous making the animals (Elephants, buffalos and Zebras) migrate to and from the northern part of the reserve into the park.

 

The Park Shares the name ‘Mikumi’ with the village just beyond its Western border of the Dar es Salaam – Iringa highway, which traverse the Park for 50km. The small town in turn takes the name from the (Borassus spp.) palm, which ones grew there in profusion but no stem is visible in the village.The park lies in a horseshoe of towering mountains enclosed foot hills, which almost enclose the flood plain of the Mkata River. To the East rise the 2,743 metres massif of the Uluguru ranges while to the southwest are the craggy peaks of the Vidunda hill.

Mikumi National Park is located 288km (about 173miles) west of Dar es Salaam and 107 km (67miles) from Morogoro town by the highway (which traverses the Park for 50km) from Dar es Salaam to Iringa Southern Tanzania and neighboring Southern countries.

Attractions at Mikumi national park .The middle and the end of the dry season that runs from late June to October is the best time to view wild life in Mikumi national park. During the wet season, wildlife/animals move deeper into the park far away from the tracks there by making it bit difficult to catch a glimpse of them unlike in the dry season when they gather at the water pools to drink and cool off.

During the month of June and October wildlife gather around the water pools. There is less rainfall during the months of June and October deeming it the best time to conduct safari to Mikumi national park in Tanzania.

June to October still marks the high season with so many tourists filling the park. While the low season comes in April to  May.  The peak of the wet season sets in during March and April, therefore not the best to time to visit the park

Mikumi national park takes on the 4th largest position among Tanzania’s National parks, after Serengeti , Katavi and Mkomazi.

The big numbers of elephants, baobab trees (these grow in the open acacia) on top of buffaloes, impalas, giraffes,  zebras, lions etc  give wonderful sightings  which render  Mikumi national park an amazing safari destination in Tanzania on top of  of its proximity  to Tanzania’s biggest city.

 

3230square kilometers is the surface area that this park covers. This park gives you many chances as it is habitat to plenty of wildlife like zebras, searching for underground streams in the dry river beds, flocks of up to about 300 elephants can be found. The  water holes gathered around by migratory wildebeest, eland, gazelle, impala, zebras, kudu,  hartebeest buffalo and other smaller mammals. Also regularly spotted are the dry country antelope like the long necked gerenuk and fringe eared Oryx.

Mongoose colonies are often hosted by abandoned drifts (anthills).The thick vegetation usually hides the main predators that are always there but cannot easily be seen just like any other parks in southern Tanzania.

Birding in Mikumi national park.

Enjoy spotting a large batch of colorful and exclusive bird species. Over 440 different bird species are housed with the swamps that are spread all over Mikumi. For bird lovers, who find themselves taken up for a long period of time, this makes Mikumi a famous safari destination for you.

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