Sharing a common border and ecosystem with Selous game reserve to the south, Mikumi national park is three to four hours’ drive from Dar es salaam, lying astride the main highway to Zambia, and en-route to the national parks of Udzungwa mountains, Ruaha and Kitulo.
The main feature of the park is the Mikumi flood plain, along with the mountain ranges that boarder the park on two sides. Open grasslands dominate in the flood plain, eventually merging with the Miombo woodland covering the lower hills.
Mikumi National Park covers an area of 3,230sq.km and is rich in wild life including buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, lion, elephant, impala, hippos, baboon, giraffe, warthog, water buck and eland which can be viewed throughout the year. Reptiles including crocodile, monitor lizard and python are also resident in the park.
Other animals that can be sighted although rare are the sable antelope resident in the southern part of the park bordering the Selous, the greater Kudu, leopard and the wild dog also known as the African hunting dog. More than 400 bird species have been recorded, including European migrants during the rainy season.
Mikumi national park is one of the most popular visitor points sold from our Dar es salaam branch office. Being close to Dar es salaam on good road, day trips are popular especially for those who have little time to spend an overnight there. But it is recommended to spend at least a night in Mikumi to enjoy a fulfilling game drive in this beautiful park. A number of accommodation facilities are available in Mikumi.