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Herds of impala in the Mkata plains of Mikumi National Park

Safaris in Mikumi National Park

As the first rays of the sun kiss the grassy plains, your eyes are treated to a breathtaking sight. Large herds of game animals pose for photographs, confident that their camouflage leaves the park’s many predators oblivious to their presence. The Mikumi National Park is a part of the Selous ecosystem and it vastly benefits ... Read More

6 Trips in Mikumi National Park with 8 Reviews

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Kanuth Adventures Safari

2 Days Mikumi Standard Safari

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The fourth largest national park in Tanzania is also one of its most popular ones ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Dar Es Salaam/Dar Es Salaam View Map
  • Operator Kanuth Adventures Safari
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 400 2 days View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
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  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences.
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • Close encounter with friendly dolphins.
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Dahlia Africa
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The Best Of Tanzania Southern Circuit Safari

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In the middle of the Tanzania southern circuit safari there are celebrated national parks offering ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
  • Operator Dahlia Africa
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 4,950 13 days View Tour
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Today
Jun 19
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  • You'll go to Tanzania.
  • This tour starts and ends in Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania).
  • You'll visit Mikumi NP, Udzungwa Mountains, Ruaha NP & Selous GR.
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Arend Safaris
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9-Day Tanzania Safari: The Southern Wilds

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Very few places can match the landscapes, culture and wildlife that Tanzania has on offer ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Dar Es Salaam/Dar Es Salaam View Map
  • Operator Arend Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 4,950 9 days View Tour
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Tomorrow
Jun 20
Highlights
  • Great views of lions, wildebeest, impala, eland and buffalo in the Mkata Floodplain.
  • A great chance to witness some of more than 400 species of birds.
  • Sunrise and Sunset Game drives.
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Kanuth Adventures Safari
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Mikumi National Park Safari

The abundant wildlife of the Mkata floodplain makes it a popular wildlife destination, with Mikumi ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Dar Es Salaam/Dar Es Salaam View Map
  • Operator Kanuth Adventures Safari
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 950 3 days View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
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  • Enjoy a guided boat safari on the Rufiji River.
  • Go on exciting game drives in Mikumi National Park.
  • Take part in an exciting walking safari as well as night game safari.
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Kanuth Adventures Safari
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Selous, Mikumi And Udzungwa Budget Safari

The southern circuit of Tanzania is getting more and more popular. Although it is less ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Dar Es Salaam/Dar Es Salaam View Map
  • Operator Kanuth Adventures Safari
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,150 5 days View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
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  • Explore Dar es Salaam during a city tour.
  • Go out on game drives in Mikumi National Park.
  • Take a boat to Zanzibar, visit Stone Town and Prison Island.
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Kanuth Adventures Safari

Dar Es Salaam, Mikumi And Zanzibar Tour

Book this 10-day, guided Tanzania trip and get the chance to enjoy various shades of ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Dar Es Salaam/Dar Es Salaam View Map
  • Operator Kanuth Adventures Safari
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,280 10 days View Tour
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Jun 21
Jun 22
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Mikumi National Park Tour Reviews

4.8 - Excellent Based on 8 customer reviews
Very Good Reviewed Tour: 2 Days Mikumi Standard Safari
Jacob Hjulmand From Denmark
4 - Very Good
“Very Good”
2 day Mikumi safari Reviewed Tour: 2 Days Mikumi Standard Safari
Anonymous From USA
5 - Excellent
“Good experience. Quick communication. Nice land cruiser, good hotel, driver acted as guide and was knowledgeable and accommodating to our wishes. Would use their services again.”
Excellent Reviewed Tour: 2 Days Mikumi Standard Safari
Sandra Johansson From Sweden
5 - Excellent
“Excellent”

Mikumi National Park - Overview and Facts

As the first rays of the sun kiss the grassy plains, your eyes are treated to a breathtaking sight. Large herds of game animals pose for photographs, confident that their camouflage leaves the park’s many predators oblivious to their presence. The Mikumi National Park is a part of the Selous ecosystem and it vastly benefits from the amazing diversity found in this particular conservation area of Tanzania.

Made popular by Henry Morton Stanley during his search for Livingstone, Tanzania’s fourth largest national park covers an area of 3220 sq. kms. and can be easily accessed from Dar es Salaam. Year-round sightings offer a fascinating option for those wanting to enjoy a brief encounter with the country’s rich wildlife. The varying altitude of 199 to 1259 meters can make sightings difficult, but you can always expect reliable wildlife encounters along the Mkata floodplain. Think of the area as a mini Serengeti.

  • Wildlife Rating: 3 stars out of 5
  • Scenery Rating: 4 stars out of 5
  • Bush Vibes: 2.5 stars out of 5

Your adventure begins the moment you step foot into the park as huge hippo pools can be spotted close to the main entry gate. And as you spend more time in the park, you meet all sorts of animals such as zebras, elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, impala and buffalo. Spotted hyenas and lions also live here, but predator sightings are usually rare. Mikumi also promises some fascinating bird-watching experiences. More than 400 species of birds have been recorded and some of the most common observations include the yellow-throated longclaw, lilac-breasted roller and the bateleur eagle.

Pros and Cons of Mikumi National Park

The biggest advantage of visiting the Mikumi is that it is an excellent option for a brief encounter with the wild. Its proximity to Dar es Salaam makes it easily accessible and you can experience what an authentic African safari is all about without having to actually live in the wild. Unfortunately, the lack of wilderness appeal also means that the park is very low on its bush vibe.

Accommodation in Mikumi

There are 4 ordinary campsites in Mikumi. Two facilities located close to the headquarters have toilets and one particular campsite also has a shower. Those preferring proper accommodations can take a look at the Tan-Swiss Lodge, a comfortable lodge that presents Swedish hospitality with a traditional Tanzanian charm. The onsite kitchen offers all kinds of cuisines ranging from Italian and Swiss to Chinese and Indian. For something more unique, head over to Stanley's Kopje Mikumi National Park. This personalized camp offers spectacular views of the Mwanamboga waterhole, a popular game viewing area, and combines African-style camping with modern-day creature comforts to present an authentic bush experience without taking you away from luxury.

Best Time to Visit Mikumi

The best season to visit the Mikumi 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.

Extend Your Vacation from Mikumi

Extending your vacation is quite easy when visiting the Mikumi National Park. The following options ensure that you not only get an overview of the African wildlife, but also get to see and enjoy its rich history and beautiful culture.

  • Dar es Salaam: Dar es Salaam has transformed itself from a sleepy fishing village to a modern-day metropolis that is now home to more than four million people. Considered to be the cultural and commercial hub of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam is where you need to be to explore African culture at its beautiful best. Some of the star attractions in the city include the National Museum of Tanzania, Uhuru Monument, Village Museum and the Mbudya Island.
  • Zanzibar: Zanzibar really needs no introduction. The western side of the island might be the first stop for most travelers, but it is the Stone Town that makes Zanzibar so famous. Walking through those historic alleys and enjoying views of the Indian Ocean is the best thing to do here. Every turn promises something new and unique, be it a local coffee vendor selling some of the tastiest coffee you’ve ever had or an ancient Persian bathhouse offering insights into a bygone era. They say that the best thing to do here is to lose track of time and let the area unfold itself in front of your eyes.
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