Mikumi national park is the country’s forth largest national park covering an area of 3,230 kilometers squared, Mikumi national park has panoramic landscapes covered with golden grasslands, hardwood trees and baobab trees. It is on of those less visited Tanzania safari parks.
Mikumi National Park was established in 1964, it’s own of Tanzania’s rich gems that doesn’t not receive large numbers of visitors like other parks in the southern circuit. The park provides breathtaking views of panoramic landscapes endowed with adorable alluvial plains dotted with tamarinds, baobabs, acacias and golden Savannah grasslands, set at the backdrop of the park are the elegant Uluguru and Rubeno mountains.
Mikumi national park was named after a palm tree known as Borrassus spp which once grew there but no stem Is seen in the village, Mikumi share this name with it’s neighboring village. You should consider visiting it on your next holiday or vacation in Tanzania.
Mikumi national park boasts with over 400 bird species and a lot of wildlife. The park is also an educational and research centre, the south Western part of Mikumi national park boasts with slot of wildlife but the roads are very remote and not easily accessible. Mikumi national park is also crossed by the country’s A-7 highway.
Activities at Mikumi National Park
Game drives: Mikumi national park south Western area offers a thrilling wilderness experience tourists with two artificial pools that inhabited by hippos, animals like giraffes, black antelope, eland, kudu, impala, zebras, elephants, and wildebeests are always a must see when visiting the park
Bird watching: Birding is one of the main activities at Mikumi national park boasting with over 500 species of birds some of this birds are migratory while others are residential birds examples of birds found at Mikumi are Zanzibar red bishop, yellow throated long claw, lilac breasted roller, bateleurs eagle and open billed stork among the rest.
Picnicking: Mikumi national park has got to picnic sites this are one of the best places to stop over and enjoy a packed lunch while on a game drive, this sites are located in Mkata plains and are millennium and Kusungura
Camping: There are two camping grounds the public campsites and private campsites, the campsites in the public sector are named 1,3 and 5 located in vuma hills and Mkata plains. Bathrooms water and toilets are available. The private campsite in vuma area is known as campsite 4.
Guided nature walks: Tourists can take guided nature walks can be done at different walking trails namely; lodge trails, vuma trail and Kikogoba trail, the best time to do the guided nature walks is early morning and evening this usually takes about 1-3 hours depending on the trail being used.
Though Mikumi national park can be visited through out the year, the best season is in May to October for more clear views of wildlife.
Mikumi national park is approximately four hours drive from Kampala; tourists can also use charter flights or a rail way from Dar-es-salam
There are various accommodation units at Mikumi national park where to sleep will varies on the tourist’s budget and choice.