Mikumi National Park 149

Mikumi National ParkMikumi National Park

Low height mountain and hills surround three sides of the park. The southern section of the park is in stark contrast to the northern part which is primarily flood plains. The animals you’ll find in this park are conservative. They’re not used to people and vehicles and run away and hide once getting sighting of a vehicle approaching them. During the 1980s, the park suffered from heavy poaching which forced the animals to distrust humans.

The main road connecting Dar to Iringa bisects the northern area of the park which is known as the Mkata Flood Plain. The highway is also used by animals as a game trail. Thus, you’ll be able to encounter numerous game species and click up-close photos. The floodplains are also known for their extra fine black cotton soil which means that the soil gets transformed into a sticky, clogging mud once the rainy season sets in. Thus the area becomes inaccessible to vehicles. The bland plain transform into a lush green meadow which attracts large herds of elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland, buffalo, impala along with lions, warthogs and other predators. In this section of the park, there is a tented lodge with a youth hostel and a number of campsites..

There is a natural road stretching from the Vuma hills it passes through ravine and forested country and crosses over the boundary into the northern section of the Selous. These ridges have been used for centuries by Elephants that have decided to avoid the rivers and keep their feet dry.

This park is increasingly getting popular among tourists and has been the perfect place for a weekend break for people of nearby Dar Es Salaam. If you’re planning to tour southern circuit, this is a good place to start. The scenic beauty of the park offers best opportunities for photography.

Upwards of 400 distinct bird species have been recorded in the park which includes the colourful common residents like lilac-breasted roller, bateleur eagle, yellow-throated longclaw, and European migrants who come here during the rainy season. Hippos are the star attraction of the pair of pools situated 5km north of the main entrance gate, supported by an ever-changing cast of waterbirds.

Summary, Mikumi National Park
Size: 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles), the fourth-largest park in Tanzania, and part of a much larger ecosystem centred on the uniquely vast Selous Game Reserve.

It is located 283 km or 175 miles west of Dar Es Salaam, and north of Selous Game Reserve. It is en route to Ruaha, Udzungwa, and Katavi.

The highway from Mikumi to Dar via Morogoro. It is roughly a 4 hour drive time. The road also connects to Ruaha, Udzungwa, and Selous (only in the dry season).
Charter flights are arranged from Dar Es Salaam, Selous, and Arusha, and local business leave from Dar to the park HQ from where game drives are arranged into the park.

Game drives and/or guided walk. Can be combined up with nearby Udzungwa, Selous, or Ruaha

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