A Brief History of Mikumi National Park
As Tanzania’s fourth national park and neighbor to Selous and Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Mikumi National Park is the easiest national park to access in Southern Tanzania. Mikumi covers an area of 3230 square kilometers and was established in 1964. Visitors to the park can expect to see the flood plain of the Mkata River surrounded by mountains and forested foothills. Mikumi, and more specifically, the flood plain is the best place to see an abundance of hippos and also Tanzania’s finest antelope species such as the Eland, the world’s largest antelope, as well as the Sable and Kudu. In addition to the antelopes, visitors will also be able to view other favorite African wild animals such as the elephant, giraffe, lion, zebra and any of the parks 400 documented bird species. Visitors to Mikumi may choose between guided walks or drives within the park.
When to go to Mikumi National Park
Mikumi is easily accessed year around.
The rainy season during the months of November through April affords the best opportunities for viewing many of Mikumi’s 400 distinctive bird species and the park’s flora for the botany enthusiasts.
The dry season during the months of May through September afford the best opportunities for viewing big game such as elephants, kudu, lion, buffalo, giraffe hippos and crocodiles.
How to get to Mikumi National Park
Mikumi is easily accessed by Tanzania’s bus system or private car. It is located 283 from Dar es Salaam. The park gate is located just off the main A-7 highway, which crosses completely through the park. Chartered flights into the park are also available.
Safari itineraries for Mikumi National Park
Walking safaris, day and multiday safaris are available to book in Mikumi National Park.