Easily accessible from Dar es Salaam, Mikumi National Park is often an ideal choice for visitors comingto Tanzania on a short trip.
Credited to be the fourth largest park in Tanzania, Mikumi covers an area of 3,230 sq kms, and is just a 4-hour drive away from Dar es Salaam.Although quite near to the hustle bustle of busy city life, Mikumi National Park inhabits a wide variety of wildlife, and its open horizons makes sightings easy for onlookers.
What to expect?
Ideal time for game viewing at Mikumi is during the morning hours, or late afternoon when the views of the vast savanna is enhanced by the natural light, and the wildlife is most active. Make sure you drive through Kisingura Circuit for a wide range of herbivore animals including zebras, giraffes and elephants, Hippo Pools – to see the hippos beat the heat by taking a dip in the muddy water, and Vuma Hills for possible sightings of lionesses with their cubs.
Mkata plains, the most visited part of the park allows its visitors to witness eland; the world’s largest antelope in its wild habitat. Other animals like greater kudu, and sable antelope often wander this area too. A variety of grass grazing animals means predators often lurk nearby. If you are lucky you can even witness a lion hunt.
When to visit?
Mikumi National Park is best visited during the dry season from June-February.
November to December is considered the least favorable time to visit due to the short rains, that often makes traveling in the park difficult. Nevertheless, this could mean getting some great deals on accommodation.