Mikumi National Park lies along the northern frontier of the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. This easily-accessible national park is only around a 4-5 hour drive from Dar Es Salaam. It is conveniently located in the heart of Tanzania's southern circuit on the border of Selous, within a few hour's drive of Ruaha. A wide variety of ecosystems exist in Mikumi, from the open Mkata floodplain to the miombo woodland. Visitors can expect to see Africa's larger antelope species, including greater kudu, sable antelope, and eland. With over 400 bird species so far recorded, Mikumi is a birding hotspot. General game-viewing is great, with large herds of buffalo and healthy elephant populations present. If you are looking to get away from the crowds of the northern safari circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, etc.), then Mikumi is perfect for you.

Why we like it

Birding hotspot; Large herds of elephant and buffalo; Less congested than Northern Circuit; Easily accessible

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 3230 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Sable Antelope
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Iringa

Accommodation in Mikumi National Park

Stanley’s Kopje, Mikumi National Park

Stanley’s Kopje perches high on a rocky kopje, enjoying fine 360 degree views over the surrounding Mikumi wilderness, whilst the 12 tents are spaced around the lower perimeter of the hill, with stunning views across the plains. It enjoys the advantage of being the only elevated land area in an otherwise flat open plain. A nearby waterhole encourages game to…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Vuma Hills Tented Camp, Mikumi

Nestled in the forests of the Vuma Mountains that overlook the Mkata Plains of the Mikumi below, Vuma Hills Tented Camp is a cool retreat from the heat of a day's game drive.The sixteen tents are comfortably furnished, so sleeping under canvas at Vuma is a far cry from the discomfort usually associated with remote bush camps. Complete with shaded…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Mikumi National Park

Mikumi and Selous 6-Day Tour, Tanzania

Tanzania's Northern Circuit of safari destinations is famous and frequently visited. However, the destinations on the country's Southern Circuit are equally impressive, and have the added advantage of being far less crowded and congested. This makes for a more relaxed, intimate and exclusive safari experience. The 6-day safari tour visits two exceptional parks on the Southern Circuit- Mikumi and Selous.…

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Duration: 6 days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Saadani and Mikumi 5-day Tour, Tanzania

This safari tour takes guests to two national parks in Tanzania: Saadani and Mikumi. These parks are located on the Southern Circuit of the country, which is less crowded than the very busy Northern Circuit. This allows for a more relaxed and exclusive safari experience. After arriving in Dar es Salaam, guests head to Saadani National Park. This park is…

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Duration: 4 Nights, 5 Days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Spotted Hyena
Sable Antelope

Key Species

Greater Kudu
Sable Antelope

Open-billed Stork
Long-tailed Fiscal
Violet-crested Turaco
Bateleur Eagle
Yellow-throated Longclaw

Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor Lizard

Acacia Sp

Flood Plain
Miombo Woodland
Thornveld Thicket

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 6.5
Mammals: 8
Birds: 8.5
Reptiles: 7.5
Trees: 7.5
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