Attractions & Safari Activities

  • Easy access from Dar es Salaam
  • Nearby Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Endemic species at Udzungwa Mountains
  • Lovely Scenery
  • Easy game drive safaris

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park is one of two small offbeat parks with some lovely scenery and a gentle game experience, the other is Udzungwa Mountains. Mikumi is contiguous with the Selous, so much of the wildlife in Selous can also be found here; including elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, impala and buffalo. The park is reachable from Dar es Salaam in about 4 hours of good road, which actually dissects the park in two. Mikumi is also a good base from which to explore the Udzungwa Mountains.

The Udzungwa are the most extensive mountain range in Tanzania. They were formed at least 100 million years ago and many endemic species have evolved here, making them something of 'an African Galapagos'. Local taboos have helped to preserve the wildlife, and now this national park protects almost 20% of the Udzungwa Mountains.

The major attractions here include 10 species of primate, three of which are endemic: the Uhehe (aka Iringa) red colobus, the Matunda galago and the Sanje crested angabey. With a day to explore slowly, you'll usually see the red colobus, along with the black and white Angola colobus. Blue and vervet monkeys and yellow baboons are also common. More than 400 species of birds live here, including many regional endemics like the Udzungwa forest partridge, which was new to science in 1991. With more scientific research, further new species are bound to be discovered. A quarter of the plants here are endemic, including some Saitpaulia species, closely related to African violets. There are also endemic amphibians, reptiles, and butterflies.
 

Hotels & Lodges in Mikumi National Park

Migration Camp

Migration Camp is hidden amongst the rocky outcrops or kopjes ...

Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp

Kirawira Camp is a perfect example of colonially-styled safari luxury. Designedin the ...

Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

Mbuzi Mawe is Swahili for Klipspringer, a perfect description for ...

 Serengeti Serena Lodge

Overlooking the endless plains of the Serengeti the lodge offers superb game viewing ...

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