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Mikumi National Park
The Park is now the fourth
largest of Tanzania's parks and is one of the least well known
on an international level. It has an area of 3230 square km, is
easily accessible by road and is the closest to Dar-es-salaam.
The park gets its name from the Borassus palm trees that are common
in the area.
Only a small section of the park, about 20% has been developed
for tourism and it lies to the north of the highway. South of
the road Mikumi shares its border with the Selous Game Reserve,
but this largely wooded hilly area remains fairly inaccessible.
The main feature of Mikum National Park is the extensive Mkata
River Flood Plain, comparable to the open grasslands of the Serengeti.
The plain is flanked by the Uluguru Mountains to the north, and
the Udzungwa Mountains to the south. A typical game drive will
reveal elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthog, wildebeest
and impala all in impressive numbers. There is even the chance
to see lion, hyena, jackal and eland. The bird-life at Mikumi
is exceptional, with one guest seeing 180 species without leaving
his lodge! It is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania to
view the eland, the world's largest antelope.
It is only 300 km away from Dar-es-salaam on the Tanzania and Zambia
Highway, between Selous and Ruaha. 4 hours drive or a 1.5 hours
flight from Dar-es-salaam.
Things to Do:
Time to visit:
The park is accessible all year around. 1 night minimum, up to
Lions, Zebras, Wildebeests, Impalas, Buffalos, Crocodiles, Elephants,
Giraffes, Hippos, Elands, Greater Kudus and
400 Bird Species, some of which are Eurasian migrants commonly
seen between October and April.
For safari packages,
please visit Southern
Circuit Safaris section on Packages page