MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK
The main feature of the park is the Mikumi flood plain, along with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides.
Size: 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles).
Location: 283 km (175 miles) west of Dar es Salaam.
Forming the northern border of Africa’s biggest game reserve, the Selous, Mikumi National Park is only three to four hours drive from Dar es Salaam, lying astride the main highway to Zambia, and en route to the National Parks of Ruaha and Udzungwa Mountains.
The main feature of the park is the Mikumi flood plain, along with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides. Open grasslands dominate in the flood plain, eventually merging with the miombo woodland covering the lower hills.
The park is rich in wildlife and animals like buffaloes, hippos, baboons, sable antelopes, lions, wild dogs, wildebeests, zebras, impalas, giraffe, warthogs, and elephants which can easily be viewed all the year round. Reptiles including crocodiles, monitor lizards and pythons are also resident in the park. Over 300 species of bird have been recorded some of which are Eurasian migrants.
A good surfaced road connects Mikumi to Dar es Salaam via Morogoro, a roughly 4 hour drive. Also road connections to Udzungwa, Ruaha and (dry season only) Selous. Charter flight from Dar es Salaam, Arusha or Selous. Local buses run from Dar to park HQ where game drives can be arranged.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Best time to go: June to October
High Season: June to October (Mikumi doesn’t usually have crowds at any time)
Low Season: April and May
Best Weather: June to October (Rainfall is little to none)
Worst Weather: March and April (Peak of wet season)
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