Mikumi National Park belongs to the most popular game parks in Tanzania, covering an area apporximately 3,230sq km. It is actually found in the village of Mikumi near Morogoro. The park divide the eco-system diversity along with Selous Game reserve and Ulunguru mountain from the north and Rubeho mountains by the South east.
The Mkata floodplain stands out as the heart of the park, drawing abundant wild animals all the way from the hills. Lions and leopards patrol the grasslands for their typical hunt. Giraffes forage in the remote acacia stands that fringe the Mkata River while the river banks draws in elephants, crocodiles, hippos and also buffalos. Other typical sights consist of African hunting dogs, jackals, kudu, wildebeests, eland, sable as well as roan antelopes. Reptiles such as monitor lizards as well as large pythons from the pools are very common.
At least 400 bird varieties are already recorded, and miombo woodland inhabitants as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated longclaw and even bateleur eagle accompanied by a host of Euroasia migrants such as oxpeckers, marabou storks in the course of the wet season. The particular floodplain is an excellent bird watching destination given the sizable swampy areas, home to the ground hornbill, kingfisher as well as other water birds.
This park is actually found 283 kilometers west of Dar es Salaam, to the north of Selous, and to Ruaha, Udzungwa . A good tarmac road connects Mikumi to Dar es Salaam from Morogoro, a estimated at 4 hour drive time.
Charter flight from Dar es Salaam, Arusha or maybe Selous. Local buses run from Dar up to the park Headquarters where game drives can be organized.
What to do
Game drives and well guided walks. Visit nearby Udzungwa park or take a trip to Selous and Ruaha via the Dar-Iringa road which crosses the great Selous reserve.
There are two lodges as well as 3 luxurious canvas tent camping sites. Guest houses in Mikumi area near the park border.