Mikumi National Park: Location & Getting There
One reason to visit Mikumi National Park is that it lies just 300 kilometres west of Dar es Salaam. But it is not just easy access, its wildlife is abundant and interesting too.
Mikumi is ideal for the safari goer without much time because it is not far from Dar. Yet a few days in Mikumi National Park is well worth it.
Mikumi National Park: Landscapes
With its 3,230 km² Mikumi National Park is in fact the fourth largest national park in Tanzania.
Alone because it is surrounded by beautiful regions makes this park well worth a visit. First of all you have the marbled Uluguru Mountains to the northeast. And, secondly, the Udzungwa Mountains to the southwest.
And, in addition, southwestwards flows the Rufiji river into the Selous Game Reserve.
So, ease of access and beautiful surroundings certainly makes Mikumi National Park a perfect location. Perfect also for its flora and fauna.
Mikumi National Park: Flora & Fauna
The northwestern part of this national park is landmarked by the Mkata river. The wide open Mkata flood plains and its flora are reminiscent of the serengeti. In the plains you find vegetation typical of the savanna. It is also the best place to observe Elend, the world’s largest antelope. Especially after the rainy seasons you are likely to see tree dwelling lions. Even more so than in Lake Manyara National Park.
In addition the miombo wooded mountains near the park’s border are home to many antelopes. Such as the greater kudu, sable antelop and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest.
Moreover the hippo pool also abounds with an amazing amount of species.
Finally, in terms of its fauna we must not forget its avian residents and migrants. Ornitholigists have recorded over 400 species of birds here.
Mikumi National Park: Best Time to Visit
The Dry season, from June to October, is the best time for wildlife viewing in the park. Meanwhile the wildlife is easier to spot. Because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around the usual water holes.
However during or immediately after the rainy season is the best time to see lions in trees.
This delightful national park is not just an ideal one day trip, or short break, but a great addition to any longer safari which might include Selous or Udzungwa Mountains National Park.