Located north of the Selous Reserve, less than 300 km. from Dar es Salaam, is the Mikumi National Park. Because of its accessibility it is one of the most popular parks in Tanzania and is an important centre for education where students go to study ecology and conservation. The Mikumi flood plain, with its open grasslands, dominates the park together with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides. A wide range of wildlife inhabits its 3,230 sq km area. Lion is commonly seen as are packs of wild dog, rare elsewhere in Africa. Elephant may be encountered and other animals frequently observed are buffalo, civet, eland, giraffe, impala, kudu, reedbuck, warthog, waterbuck, wildebeest, zebra and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest. Near the southern boundary of the park it is possible to see groups of female and young bachelor sable with their one dominant male. Crocodiles, monitor lizard and giant python are among the park’s many other residents. At the southern end of the flood plain, in the Kikoboga area, families of yellow baboon live while wallowing hippos are frequently joined in their pools by flocks of open-billed storks, hunting for molluscs. Over 400 species of birds have been observed in the park, many of which are Eurasian migrants who stay between October and April.
MIKUMI – 3 DAYS
Day 1-Transfer from Dar es salaam to Mikumi NP via Morogoro
Pick you up from Airport and drive 5hrs to Mikumi National Park. Breakfast at Chalinze Msolwa highway Restaurant and proceed with afternoon game drive enroute till evening. At evening game drive enroute you can see a rich variety of bird species, large numbers of giraffe, buffalo and elephants.
In the evening we shall visit the Maasai Village which is next to the National park area and learn their traditions and culture, as we watch the Maasai dance and celebration. The Maasai can arrange a fresh barbeque and show you many wild experiences.
Day 2 – Full day game drive inside Mikumi Park
After breakfast, we will go for a full day game drive inside Mikumi national park. Today we have every chance of spotting lions, leopards and African wild dogs. Likely to be seen animals include zebras, hippos, hartebeest, wildebeest, impala, warthog, eland, crocodiles and antelope. We will take our lunch inside Mikumi Cottages and later in the evening drive back to our booked hotel.
Day 3 – Snake Park Visit and Driving back to Dar es salaam
After breakfast we will proceed to the snake park for seeing snakes of different types, crocodiles and tortoise kept at the park and taking pictures for good adventurous memory. Later late morning we shall start driving back to Dar es Salaam and drop you back at ferry or airport.
Tanzania’s climate is tropical, the temperature ranging between 22 and 30 degrees centigrade. December to March are the hottest months, while June to august is the coolest. Coastal areas are usually hot and humid. There are two rainy seasons: long rains from mid march to June and short rains form November to January.