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Forming the northern boarders of Africa’s biggest game reserve - the vast Selous - Mikumi is one of Tanzania’s most popular National parks. Open grasslands dominate the flood plain, eventually merging with the Miombo woodland covering the lower hills. The wood land is the favourite haunt of the lions, sometimes perching high in the trees to keep their feet dry from the sticky black mud of the wet season. Observation towers above the treeline allow panoramic views of the plain laid out below, home to formidable herds of buffalo and Mikumi’s elephants, more compact than those in the rest of the country

Size

3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles), the fourth-largest park in Tanzania, and part of a much larger ecosystem centred on the uniquely vast Selous Game Reserve.

Location

283 km (175 miles) west of Dar es Salaam, north of Selous, and en route to Ruaha, Udzungwa and (for the intrepid) Katavi.

Getting there

A good surfaced road connects Mikumi to Dar es Salaam via Morogoro, a roughly 4 hour drive. Also road connections to Udzungwa, Ruaha and (dry season only) Selous. Charter flight from Dar es Salaam, Arusha or Selous. Local buses run from Dar to park HQ where game drives can be arranged.

What to do in Mikumi

Game drives and guided walks. Visit nearby Udzungwa or travel on to Selous or Ruaha.

Best time to visit Mikumi

Accessible year round.

Accommodation at Mikumi

Two lodges, two luxury tented camps, three campsites. Guest houses in Mikumi town on the park border.