If there is one hidden natural wonder of Africa that one should not miss if ever visits Dar es Salaam, it definitely has to be the Mikumi National Park located just under 300 km about 5 hours drive from Dar es salaam
The park has a wide variety of wildlife that can be easy spotted and also well acclimatized to game viewing. If this is your first visit to Africa you are sure to be awed by the huge herds of herbivores in the safari areas of the Mkata Flood Plain. Its proximity to Dar es Salaam and the amount of wildlife that live within its borders makes Mikumi National Park a popular option for weekend visitors from the city, or for business visitors who don’t have to spend a long time on an extended safari itinerary.
What Makes Mikumi Special?
Home To 4 of The African Big 5
– Lion, Elephant, Buffalo & Leopard (sorry, no Rhinos here). Abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain and the open horizons is often compared to the more famous Serengeti Plains. At the end of the Dry season the waterholes, including the hippo pool, become a wildlife magnet and huge herds of elephant and buffalo visit these spots throughout the day.
Nearest Wild "Simba" From Dar es salaam.
Mikumi National Park is probably the nearest place to view Simba, Swahili for Lion. Prides of lions grace the grasslands here- wild and free. It should be no surprise that Mikumi offers the array of wildlife it does, the national park is contiguous with the Selous Game Reserve, the largest by land size in all of Africa.
Good Sightings Of Less Common Herbivorous
Easy game visibility. If you are in a hurry to see big game, then look no further than Mikumi from Dar es Salaam. If you have kids or adults in the family who have watched African wildlife only on television, there is no better way to get a first-hand experience of the continent’s wildlife than a visit to Mikumi National Park.
A Complete Family Experence.
You can get off your safari vehicle at designated spots and get up-close with the natural environment here. Among such spots are the Hippo Pool and the tree house at the Baobab tree. Mikumi National Park captivates adults and children alike with the things and places it offers its visitors.
Suitable For a Weekend Get-Away From Dar es Salaam.
Conveniently located about 5 hours drive from the capital of Dar es Salaam, Mikumi National Parks makes for a great weekend escape from the city. You can start off early from Dar, take a game ride in the park and be home in Dar the same evening.
Wildlife viewing in Mikumi is fine throughout the year, but the best time is from late June to October (the Dry season). At this time vegetation is thinner, and animals gather around waterholes. The end of the Dry season (September and October) is particularly rewarding as big herds of animals come to drink at the last sources of water.
Mikumi National Park Tour Packages
After a long week, sometimes a short getaway is in order. With thriving big game and home to 4 of the African big 5, Mikumi national park is offers a real safari experience as a day trip from Dar Es Salaam.
You will enjoy and experience nature, wildlife, habit and habitat of the fauna and flora in the natural areas. The private personalized service from beginning to end, will increase the chance to enjoy the trip at your own pace.
Unlike the 2 days, 3 days give a little bit more time to explore the park including area such as the Mkata, Chomgore(place of python), Mkata flood plains alongside the mikumi park.