Mikumi National Park lies along the northern frontier of the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. This easily accessible national park is only around 4-5 hours drive from Dar Es Salaam and is conveniently located in the heart of Tanzania's southern circuit on the border of Selous and 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.
Where

Lookout for

Elephant
Lion
Spotted Hyena
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Impala
Sable Antelope
Eland
Warthog
Baboon

Key Species

MAMMALS
Greater Kudu
Sable Antelope
Elephant


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


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor Lizard


TREES
Baobab
Acacia Sp


HABITAT TYPES
Flood Plain
Grassland
Riverine
Miombo Woodland
Thornveld Thicket


Wildlife Ratings

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