The scenes in Mikumi National Park can easily be compared to those of the Serengeti National Park as acacias, baobabs, and tamarinds dot the savannah. Mikumi National Park covers an area of 3,230 sq km and is rich in wildlife. The Uluguru and Rubeho mountains just as well some interesting rocks arrangements can be seen near the northern boundary of the park and the Mkata plains are by far the best spot for the game view.
Mikumi national park Tanzania is a region that supports great diversity and a serene environment. With the woodlands and the black hardwood trees, the vegetation of baobabs and grassy plains aids beauty to the backdrop. Now this place is less crowded and not so popular as compared to the other national parks of Tanzania offers a great spot for the photographers to capture the ideal wild habitat and the rare species. Be it the wet season or the dry, the national park has so much beauty making it an ideal place for photographers.
One can also visit the park and supplement it with other national parks such as Ruaha national park, Nyerere national park, Udzungwa forest national park. Both these parks are close to Mikumi national park.
Wildlife in Mikumi National park
One of the most famous parts of the Mikumi National Park is the Mkata flood plains. The game is abundant and there are over 400 recorded bird species. Antelope sightings are excellent, particularly of the Eland, the world’s largest antelope. Other animals include 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.
Best Time to Visit Mikumi National park
Mikumi is a year-round destination that can be explored at any point in the year. However, the best months to visit the Mikumi National park is between the months of June to October. The dry season thins out the vegetation and animals tend to concentrate around the few remaining rivers and waterholes. Moreover, the risk of catching malaria is far lesser during the dry season and the heat isn’t as severe. The wet season can prove to be a challenging experience and wildlife viewing may be restricted, but this is when most of the migratory birds stop by and pose for photographs.
What to do in Mikumi
Game drives; Housing an abundance of wildlife with the big 5 Mikumi national park safari is the best thing to do there. The thin vegetation and pleasant clear weather are somewhere enhancing the safari experience there. The buffalo, elephant, zebra with wild dogs, and the wildebeest are majorly spotted the moment you enter the national reserve. There is a great combination of some rare and some endemic wildlife that is being conserved there.
Visit the Uluguru Mountains; The Mikumi national park lies close to the Uluguru Mountains spreading an amazing landscape and beauty. The mountain range offers adventure and scenic gateway where you can relax amidst the natural habitat or hike along the trails offered by the rugged yet lush woodlands. Camping is another option to cherish beauty while you are on a wildlife voyage to Mikumi. The mountain is generally famous for trekking and hiking among the travelers who have visited the Mikumi region of Tanzania.
Bird watching; It’s not just the wildlife making the Mikumi National park popular, but the diverse birdlife that is supported by the rich habitat of the region. The records hold more than 400 bird species that include both the endemic life of the region and the migratory species coming during the season. The open grasslands and the swamp areas with the hippo pool are the best areas of the national park that host the water-based species of birds. The African fish eagle and the African spoonbill are the species you can capture.
Walking tour; The guided walking tours can be the best thing to do at Mikumi where you will not just get close to the wildlife but explore the vegetation of the region. Make your way through the wild trails of the national park spotting the colonies of the wild dogs, the zebra, and giraffe gazing along the plains, the big cats resting over the cliff, and the hippos near the pools. Make sure to get assisted with the guide so as to avoid danger and learn the depth of the wild world.
Climate in Mikumi
The Park experiences a bimodal rainfall season with short rains starting from October to early November and long rains from March to May and the dry season is from late June to September. The wet months are associated with hot humid weather, where the temperature reaches up to 30 degrees centigrade. Dry months are always cooler with temperatures between 20 to 25 degrees centigrade. The annual average temperature is 25.5 degrees centigrade.
By road; The park can be accessed from Dar- es- Salaam Tanzania’s largest city; this is after landing at the Julius Nyerere Airport. On the day of the safari, you will be picked from the hotel or any place of accommodation by the safari company guide who will later drive you to Mikumi national park. Mikumi national park is approximately 4 hours’ drive from Dar.
By Air; For those who are interested in taking a chartered flight to Mikumi and the rest of the surrounding parks, the best option is with Safari Airlink, Airlink has scheduled flights from Dar-Es-Salaam to Mikumi national park and to the rest of the southern circuit national parks.