The Mikumi National Park near Morogoro, Tanzania, was established in 1964. It covers an area of 3,230 km² is the fourth largest in the country. Mikumi National Park is lying just to the north of the famous Selous Game Reserve. Gazetted in 1964 covering an area of 1070 km2, it was later extended in 1975 to cover the current area of 3,230 sq km, the Park is the fifth largest National Park in Tanzania after the Ruaha (20,226km2), Serengeti (14763km2), Katavi (4471 km2) and Mkomazi (3245km2). It is in one ecosystem with Selous making the animals (Elephants, buffalos and Zebras) migrate to and from the northern part of the reserve into the park.
Mikumi National Park is located 288km (about 173miles) west of Dar es Salaam and 107 km (67miles) from Morogoro town by the highway (which traverses the Park for 50km) from Dar es Salaam to Iringa Southern Tanzania and neighboring Southern countries.
The Park has a bi- modal rain season, characterized by short rain in October to early November, followed by long rain lasting for five/six months, although the rainfall pattern is very unpredictable.
However, there is always a definite dry period between January and February. The wet months are associated with a hot humid weather, where temperatures reach up to 30degrees centigrade. Dry months are always cooler with temperature between 20 and 25degree centigrade. Annual average temperature is 25.5 degree centigrade.
The Park can be accessed by road, air and railways
The state of MIkumi National Park is one where the visitor facilities are in keeping with zonal prescriptions, meet the expectations and requirements of visitors, and do not negatively impact on the ecological or visual integrity of the Park. The activities includes: Day and night game viewing, long and short walking Safaris, camping, Filming, photographing, Bird watching, bush meals, sunrise and sun set, picnicking, Conference tourism and Cultural tourism in adjacent communities.
Day game drive:
Night Game drive:
Short walking safaris:
These are places, amenities, or pieces equipment provided to tourists for a particular purpose. In the Mikumi National Park, a number of tourist facilities exist, including
Private Tented Camps:
Cottages and Guest Rooms:
WHEN TO VISIT
Best time to visit:
The park can be accessed throughout the year. However June to October is the best time for large mammals and November to July is ideal time for bird watching.
Mikumi Natinal Park is one of the “biodiversity hot spot” in the Country. It has over 20 species of Mammals, about 1200 species of Plants and 30 species of Butterflies. The Park offer spectacular concentration of variety of animals in Mkata flood plain including four of the big five, elephant, buffalo, Lion and Leopard. Herds of Wildebeest, Zebra, Impala and giraffes are common sight on the plain. The worlds’ largest Antelope – Eland, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelopes, Defassa Waterbuck and African Hunting dogs. Troops of Baboons are entertaining to watch and are common in the Park.
Mkata flood plain:
The afro-montane forest:
Sunrise and sunset: