Mikumi National Park

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Location & How to Reach There:

Mikumi National Park is located in southern Tanzania, about 283 kilometers (176 miles) west of Dar es Salaam, the country’s largest city. The most common way to reach Mikumi is by road from Dar es Salaam, which takes approximately 4-5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly to the nearby town of Morogoro and then take a short road trip to the park.

Fun Facts:

  1. Mikumi National Park is Tanzania’s fourth-largest national park, covering an area of 3,230 square kilometers (1,250 square miles).
  2. It forms a part of the larger Selous Ecosystem, which is one of the largest protected areas in Africa.
  3. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, and wildebeests.
  4. Mikumi is known for its population of wild dogs, which are one of Africa’s most endangered carnivores.
  5. The park offers stunning views of the Uluguru Mountains to the northeast and the Rubeho Mountains to the northwest.

Tourist Attractions:

  1. Wildlife Viewing: Mikumi is renowned for its diverse wildlife, offering visitors the chance to see the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) as well as a multitude of other species.
  2. Birdwatching: The park is a haven for bird enthusiasts, with over 400 bird species recorded, including colorful kingfishers, hornbills, and raptors.
  3. Hippo Pools: Visitors can observe hippos and crocodiles in their natural habitat at the Mkata River floodplain.
  4. Walking Safaris: Guided walking safaris provide a unique opportunity to explore the park on foot and experience its wilderness up close.
  5. The Isimila Stone Age Site: Located near the park, this archaeological site contains ancient stone tools dating back hundreds of thousands of years.

Best Time to Visit:

The dry season, from June to October, is considered the best time to visit Mikumi National Park for wildlife viewing. During this period, animals congregate around water sources, making them easier to spot. However, the park is open year-round, and each season offers its own unique experiences.


  • Budget: There are several budget-friendly accommodation options near Mikumi National Park, including campsites and guesthouses in nearby towns like Mikumi and Morogoro.
  • Mid-Range: Mid-range lodges and tented camps within the park offer comfortable accommodations with amenities such as en-suite bathrooms, restaurants, and guided safari activities.
  • Luxury: For those seeking luxury, there are upscale lodges and safari camps that provide lavish tents or cottages, gourmet dining, spa facilities, and exclusive safari experiences.


  1. Is it safe to visit Mikumi National Park? Yes, Mikumi is a safe destination for tourists, but it’s always advisable to follow the instructions of your guides and adhere to park regulations.

  2. Do I need a guide to visit the park? It’s highly recommended to hire a certified guide for your safari in Mikumi National Park. Guides are knowledgeable about the wildlife and terrain, enhancing your experience and ensuring your safety.

  3. What should I pack for a safari in Mikumi? Essential items to pack include lightweight clothing in neutral colors, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars, a camera with extra batteries, and sturdy walking shoes.

  4. Are there malaria risks in the area? Mikumi is located in a malaria-prone region, so it’s important to take precautions such as using mosquito repellent, wearing long-sleeved clothing during dawn and dusk, and taking antimalarial medication as prescribed.

  5. Can I self-drive in Mikumi National Park? Yes, self-driving is permitted in Mikumi, but it’s recommended to have a 4×4 vehicle due to the park’s terrain. Be aware of wildlife and follow park rules while driving.

These FAQs should help prepare you for your adventure in Mikumi National Park, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable experience amidst Tanzania’s stunning wilderness.