Affordable Lodge and Camping Tours in Mikumi National Park, Southern Tanzania.
Mikumi National Park is lying just to the North of the famous Selous Game Reserve. Gazetted in 1964 covering an area of 1070 km2, it was later extended in 1975 to cover the current area of 3,230 km2. The park is the fifth largest National Park in Tanzania, it Shares the name ‘Mikumi’ with the village just beyond its Western border of the Dar es Salaam – Iringa highway, which traverse the park for 50km. The small town, in turn, takes the name from the palm tree (Borassus spp.) which once grew there in profusion but no stem is visible in the village.
Mikumi National Park tour offers a short yet entertaining, thrilling and fun-filled experience to the visitors. The trip is usually completed in one day and offers a chance to see the Big Four especially from Dar es Salaam. Mikumi is a host and home to several and different types of animals which include but not limited to buffaloes, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles and much more.
A visit to the Mikumi National Park also includes several activities like game drives in a pop-up 4X4 vehicle. The northern area of the park remains accessible and filled with visitors throughout the year. Mikumi is also the fourth largest park in the country and extremely famous worldwide for its diverse wildlife and landscape of different types of trees.
Mikumi’s weather is also very cool and comfortable due to its equatorial position. The accommodation is also available ranging from budget camps to luxurious lodges that cater to all types of visitors and clients from around the globe. This short trip can definitely prove to be an escape from the maddening urban life and give a peaceful, remote and private experience to nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts who like a more immersive experience with nature.
How to get there:
By road: About288 km from Dar es Salaam; a four hours drive.
By railway: From Dar es Salaam to Man’gula and from Man’gula using road to reach the park.
By aircraft: The Park can also be reachable by Charter flights
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the park is during the dry season (May- October). However, the Northern part of the park is accessible through- out the year.
Game drives – This activity is conducted from 0630 – 1830 HRS, no additional fee for this activity. Four wheel (4X4) drive vehicles are recommended.
Walking safari – Short walking safari
- There are 3 walking trails: Kikoboga, Vuma and Lodge.
- The total distance for all trails is 14 kms where by Kikoboga 4 km, Vuma 6 km and Lodge 4 km
- The walking duration for the trails is 1.30 HRS for Kikoboga, 3 hrs for Vuma and 1.30 HRS for Lodge
- The best time to conduct walking is from 0630 to 0900 and 1600 to 1830HRS
- Booking must be done in 12 to 24 HRS