Often compared to Serengeti, this park is crossed by a highway dividing the area in two different landscapes: the north-west area, where the river Mkata grows a rich vegetation of acacia, baobab and tamarinds; and the southeast area, less rich in wildlife and less accessible.
The fauna includes many species characteristic of the African savannah. You will have the chance of seeing a lion who climbs a tree trunk, for instance, but also giraffes, elephants, zebras, gnu, impala, eland, kudu, black antelope, baboons, wildebeests and buffaloes. At about 5 km from the north of the park, there are two artificial pools inhabited by hippos. More than 400 different species of birds also inhabit the park.
In the north-west area you’ll also find the spectacular rock formations of mountains Rubeho and Uluguru – quite a unique landscape!
The Mikumi is a bit less visited by international tourists, compared to other parks, but better protected from the environmental point of view. Most of the routes that cross the Mikumi proceed in the direction of the Ruaha National Park and the Selous. The recommended season for visiting the park is the dry season between May and November.
About Mikumi National Park
Size: it covers an area of 3230 km²
Location: bordered to the south with the Selous Game Reserve