A Quick Walkthrough - The Mikumi National Park

A Quick Walkthrough – Mikumi National Park Tanzania

Mikumi National Park (MNP) was created in 1964 near Morogoro in Tanzania. The park covers 3,230 kilometre squared is the country’s fourth-largest. The country’s A-7 highway crosses the park.

Mikumi National Park Coverage

Selous Game Reserve borders Mikumi National Park in the south, both places form a rare ecosystem. Two more natural areas that border the park are the Uluguru and Udzungwa Mountains. Malundwe Mountain is the highest of a belt of hills running east and west across the park, to connect to the Uluguru Mountains in the northeast with the Udzungwa mountains and Uvidunda mountains in the west. Mountain Malundwe has three peaks beside a hill that runs north and south. The south peak of Malundwe is the park’s highest point, reaching an elevation of 1290 meters.

Mikumi National Park Wildlife and Landscape

Mikumi National Park’s landscape is usually compared to the Serengeti National Park’s. The road crossing the park cuts it into two with partly distinct environments. The Mkata river basin alluvial plain characterizes the northwest area. Savannah vegetation covers this area dotted with tamarinds, baobab, acacia, and some unique palm. At the furthest area from the road are spectacular rock creations that make up the Uluguru and Rubeho mountains. The park’s southeast area is not rich in wildlife with limited accessibility.

Mikumi National Park - a group of Baobab trees
Mikumi National Park – a group of Baobab trees

The fauna consists of various species unique to the African savanna.  Local guides reveal that the chances of seeing a tree-climbing lion in Mikumi National Park are higher than in Manyara (popular for being among the few areas with lions exhibiting this behavior). Giraffe subspecies that biologists relate to the connection between the giraffe from Masailand and that from Somaliland or reticulated are in the park. More Mikumi National Park animals include impala, elephants, kudu, zebras, eland, black antelope, buffaloes, baboons, and wildebeests. At around 5 kilometres from the park’s north, are two manmade pools occupied by hippos. Over 400 different bird species also live in the park.

Mikumi National Park Tourism

The Mikumi National Park is part of Tanzania’s wildlife parks, with few visits from international tourists moreover environmental concern is the major reason for its protection. Many of the routes crossing the Mikumi National Park proceed towards the Selous and Ruaha national parks. The dry season from May to November is the recommended season to visit the park, beautiful sites and warm Mikumi National Park weather offer a memorable experience.

Mikumi National Park Accommodation

Mikumi National Park Lodges and Camps

Recommended lodges include but are not limited to the following:

Mikumi National Park Hotels

Hotels in Mikumi National Park Tanzania by Tripadvisor

For those looking for accommodation but not necessarily in the closest proximity, the following Hotels near Mikumi National Park by Hotels.com may be a good starting point for your search.

Mikumi National Park Safari

There are numerous things to consider before embarking on a safari Mikumi National Park Tanzania adventure. Such items include but not limited to the following:

Mikumi National Park fees 2021 and forward:

    • Mikumi National Park entrance fee – All non-Tanzanians who visit the park, pay the following Mikumi National Park entry fees as indicated by Mmikuminationalpark.net
  • Best time to visit Mikumi National Park – Between months of June and October because the climate is usually dry in that season. This weather forces animals to frequently gather around water sources, a perfect scenario for tourists in terms of sightseeing.
  • Sample Day trip to Mikumi National Park Itineraries:

Among the other things to consider before heading to the park is the Mikumi National Park safari prices from different operators and your preferred Mikumi National Park tours:

Tourradar.com Mikumi National Park

Safari Tanzania Mikumi National Park Map

Safari Tanzania Mikumi National Park Map
Safari Tanzania Mikumi National Park Map

Distance of the Park from Major Cities and Destinations

  • Distance from Dar es salaam to Mikumi National Park – If planning to drive your own car, Mikumi National Park distance from Dar es salaam is approximately 249 kilometers.
  • Mikumi National Park from Zanzibar – About 266 kilometers. Please note, this distance from Zanzibar to Mikumi National Park takes account of the different modes of transportation that will need to be used since Zanzibar is an island.

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