Mikumi National Park is only three to four hours drive from Dar es Salaam, located astride the main highway to Zambia and en route to the National Parks of the Udzungwa Mountains, Ruaha, and Kitulo, and shares the same border and habitat with Selous Game Reserve to the south. The Mikumi flood plain, as well as the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides, are the park’s most prominent features. The flood plain is dominated by open grasses, which eventually merge with the miombo forest that covers the lower slopes.

Mikumi National Park spans 3,230 square kilometers and is home to a diverse range of animals, including buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, lion, elephant, impala, hippos, baboons, giraffes, warthogs, waterbuck, and eland, all of which may be seen throughout the year.

Crocodiles, monitor lizards, and pythons are among the park’s reptile residents. The Sable Antelope, which lives in the park’s southern section bordering the Selous, the Greater Kudu, leopard, and the wild dog, sometimes known as the African Hunting Dog, are some of the other creatures that may be seen, but they are rare. During the wet season, more than 400 bird species have been observed, including European migrants.

Mikumi National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations marketed by our Dar es Salaam department. Day visits are popular, especially for people who do not have enough time to stay overnight in Dar es Salaam because they are close by and on decent roads.

Crocodiles, monitor lizards, and pythons are among the park’s reptile residents. The Sable Antelope, which lives in the park’s southern section bordering the Selous, the Greater Kudu, leopard, and the wild dog, sometimes known as the African Hunting Dog, are some of the other creatures that may be seen, but they are rare. During the wet season, more than 400 bird species have been observed, including European migrants.

However, it is advised that you stay at least one night in Mikumi to experience a memorable game drive in this stunning park. Mikumi has a variety of accommodations to choose from.


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Mikumi National Park’s wildlife

The park is home to a diverse range of species, and most people come to see the ‘Big Five’ — cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino. It’s a fantastic location for a Tanzania holiday; you’ll love it! Hippos, who reside in two mud pools, are one of the attractions. These are located 5 kilometers north of the main gate. They’re surrounded by a revolving cast of waterfowl.

The Mkata Foodplain is a large area in Mikumi National Park with excellent animal watching opportunities. From the flattened tops of termite mounds, or sometimes after the rains, from perches high in the trees, lions view their grassy domain – and the zebra, wildebeest, impala, and buffalo herds that travel over it. Giraffes browse in the solitary acacia stands that line the Mkata River, which are also used by Mikumi’s elephants as a source of shade. Mkata Foodplain is possibly Tanzania’s most consistent spot for seeing the mighty eland, the world’s biggest antelope. The miombo-covered slopes of the highlands that rise from Mikumi National Park’s limits are home to the equally stunning greater kudu and sable antelope.

Mikumi’s Birdlife

Mikumi is a great spot for bird watchers since it is home to over 400 different bird species!

Fishing Open-billed Storks may be seen around the Mkata River. In Mikumi National Park, common birds include the Marabou stork, Red-billed oxpeckers, Black-bellied bustard, Francolin, Cattle egret, Guinea-fowls, Hornbill, and Malachite Kingfisher. Yellow-throated long claw, Lilac-breasted roller, and Bateleur eagle are the most colorful species. During the rainy season, European migrants are numerous in Mikumi National Park.