MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK

The Mikumi National Park is the fourth-biggest national park located near Morogoro region between the Uluguru Mountains and the Lumango in Tanzania. The Park was established in 1964 and covers an area of about 3,230 km². Mikumi National Park is crossed by highway road that passes from Morogoro to Iringa region. The park is widely open and this confirms wild life sightings while moving across the park. The openness makes a perfect safari goal for those who are busy and have less time to travel with expectation of seeing a number of wild animals. , two days or more can give travelers opportunities to explore the brilliance of mikumi national park.

As the park being located along a highway which connects  Mikumi national park  and  Dar es Salaam – Tanzania, an active and largest city full of activities, Mikumi National Park has been scheduled to  be a major hotspot of the tourism sector in Tanzania. Mikumi National Park has a wide variety of natural life that can be simply spotted and as well as very much suitable for viewing during game drive. Being neighbor to Dar es Salaam as well as presence of plentiful wildlife living inside, this makes Mikumi National Park a well-known choice for most travelers who don’t have much time but also want
to enjoy a wildlife safari while being in Tanzania.

Mikumi national park is crosser to most famous Uluguru Mountains and Ruhebo Mountains which are found on the Eastern part of the park as well as surrounded by mountains Arcs across all directions.  In the West and the north sides, the park is surrounded by the Mazunyungu hills, Madzini hills and Mbesera hills. Mikumi National Park is one of the best and very famous parks as it has great wildlife ecosystems. Its unique structure surrounded by the mountains and the hills has given the park more reflection of light, good scenic and fabulous colors around the park. The views of the sunset and sunrise are good especially if you hike to the top of any mountains and hills to observe the sun rise or sunset.

Mikumi National Park has a diversified ecosystem that is further more divided by the road that passes across the park. The road divides the park into two sections one is North West and the other is South East. Both sides have different ecosystems with little in common. For example the North West it’s dominated by the open alluvial plains that are characterized by more Acacia trees and the large Boababs tree. The North West is more like the Tarangire National park and here in this region travelers will get more African Elephants. On the other side of the road which is less accessed for Mikumi national park safari and game viewing. The vegetation is thick and dominated by shrubs with few wildlife found in the area hence making it less exploited.

The Best time of your safaris at Mikumi National Park

The middle as well as the end of the dry season at the park which takes place from late June to October is the recommended best time to view wildlife and vegetation in Mikumi national park. During the wet season, wildlife/animals move deeper into the park far away from the tracks and make it a bit difficult to catch a sight of them unlike in the dry season when they gather near water pools in order to drink and cool off their bodies. During the month of June and October wildlife gather around the water pool, swamps and ponds. There is less rainfall out of the months of June and October and this deeming to be an appropriate time to conduct safari at Mikumi national park far from April to May months when the park is wet and being not the best time for visiting the park.

The Mikumi National Park can be accessed by road or air. By road, The Park is 283km from Dar es salaam and 118 from Morogoro town. By air, Scheduled flights from all the main centers in Tanzania can lead to the park but often routing via Dar-es-salaam.

The uniqueness of Mikumi National Park

Because of the likely features and similarities, The Mikumi National Park is called a little Serengeti national park. Mikumi National Park is rich with a wide range of wildlife. The park hosts a large number of the big game that covers four members of African big five only missing Rhinos. Mikumi is a home of large herds of Elephants, Buffaloes, Zebras, wildebeest, hyenas, Leopards, Lions, Sable Antelopes, Great Kudu, and many more. The park hosts lions which climb trees similar to that found in Lake Manyara national park. The Park has a variety of wildlife that can be easily seen. Its closeness to Dar Es Salaam makes the park an ideal place for weekend visitors who don’t have to spend a long time on an extended safari itinerary. The following are the park attractions

Tourists Activities in the park

Game Drive

The park possesses much wildlife like buffalos, Lions, Zebra, Giraffes and Elephants. Giraffes are often seen browsing leaves from the isolated acacia trees that fringe the Mkata River. Also the greater Kudu and sable antelope can be found in the miombo woodland-covered foothills of the mountain that rise from the Park boundaries.

Birds Watching

The Mkata plain is a great dwelling for birding. Mikumi boasts with a respectful 400 species of birds with the most common ones being the black bellied bustards, guinea fowls, marabou storks, eagles, oxpeckers, colorful lilac breasted rollers and yellow throated longclaw.

There are various activities that can be executed while being in Mikumi National Park and this includes; Day and night game viewing, long and short walking Safaris, camping, Filming, photographing, Bird watching, picnicking and bush meals.

Game Drive

Game drive interventions range from a half day game drives depending based on clients options and desires. The entire area of Mikumi is always teeming with wildlife hence memorable and incredible sightings are assured.

Night Game drive

Mikumi National park offers the opportunity for Night Game Driving. Visitors who are interested in seeing nocturnal animals such as porcupines, civet, cats and aardvarks a night game drive is a fantastic option.

Bird watching

The Mkata plain is a great place for birding at Mikumi National Park.  The park is asserted with a respectful 400 species of birds with the most common ones being the bustards, black bellied, guinea fowls, marabou storks, bateleur eagles, oxpeckers, colorful lilac breasted rollers and yellow throated longclaw.

Walking safari

Walking safari is best done in the morning or evening when the temperature is low at the park. During this time animals are also active searching for their food taking advantage of the cool temperature. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of nature composed of bird songs, animal voices and insect sounds.

Filming and Photographing

The Park makes the best place for professional filming and photographing

Accommodations

There are different accommodations facilities inside the park including Bandas, Cottages and Guest rooms, Public, Private and Special.

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