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The splendid savanna park of Mikumi

Mikumi National Park

The splendid savanna park with a medley of wildlife, rolling hills, and waterfalls offers an unforgettable tour experience.

Mikumi National Park abuts the northern border of Africa’s biggest game reserve, the Selous, and is transected by the surfaced road between Dar el Salaam and Iringa. 

It is thus the most accessible part of a 75,000 square kilometer (47,000 square miles) tract of wilderness that stretches east almost as far as the Indian Ocean.

The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centerpiece of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains.

Lions survey their grassy kingdom and the zebra, wildebeest, impala, and buffalo herds that migrate across it from the flattened tops of termite mounds, or sometimes, during the rains, from perches high in the trees.

Giraffes forage in the isolated acacia stands that fringe the Mkata River, islets of shade favored also by Mikumi’s elephants.

Criss-crossed by a magnificent circuit of game-viewing roads, the Mkata Floodplain is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful eland, the world’s largest antelope.

The equally impressive greater kudu and sable antelope haunt the miombo-covered green rolling foothills of the mountains that rise from the park’s borders.

More than 400 bird species have been recorded, with such colorful common residents as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated long claw, and bateleur eagle joined by a host of European migrants during the rainy season.

Hippos are the star attraction of the pair of pools situated 5km north of the main entrance gate, supported by an ever-changing cast of water birds.

Attractions in Mikumi National Park


Most of the animals in the park are found in the central part of the park along the Mkata plains that cut off to the Northwest by the main highway that crosses through the park while the shy kudu and sable antelopes are seen along the dotted woodlands located southeast of the park near the Vuma hills.


Mikumi National Park is home to a medley of animal species including buffaloes, zebras, wildebeest, hyenas, leopards, lions, rare African wild dogs, sable antelopes, great kudu, giraffes, and eland among others.

Bird species.

Mikumi National Park is a birder’s haven with both permanent and migratory bird species. It is home to over 400 species which include the black-billed stork, yellow-throated long claw, sectary bird, guinea fowl, Ox peckers, Bateleur eagles, cattle egret, Open billed stork, Zanzibar red bishop, lilac breasted roller, Martial eagle, superb starling among others.


Mikumi National Park is located between mountains that offer charming scenic views of the outstanding natural beauty of the park.

The Uluguru Mountains in the park are stunning with beautiful flora distribution and it offers a thrilling hike to the top giving unforgettable wildlife viewing points.

Other mountains in the park include the Udzungwa and Uvidunda Malundwe Mountains. The Malundwe Mountains consist of three green rolling peaks.

Kinole waterfalls

Kindle waterfalls are found in Morongoro few Kilometers from the town,

The Kinole waterfalls are located in Ulunguru mountains in the village of Kinole, the waterfall was named after the Village where it is located.

The hike to the top of Kinole waterfall gives great scenic views of the park and Morongoro town.

Things to do in Mikumi National Park.

Game driving.

Mikumi National Park offers a golden opportunity t for game viewing of various animal species such as eland, zebras, Hippos, antelopes, giraffes, elephants, tree climbing lions among others.

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Bird watching

Mikumi National Park has over 400 bird species including migratory, Savanna, water birds, and forest birds with unique melody sounds.  They include yellow-throated long claw, secretary bird, lilac-breasted roller, bateleurs eagle, and Zanzibar red bishop among others.

Nature walks.

Nature walks in Mikumi National Park offer unforgettable footpath walks viewing wild animals, and birds, and appreciation of the natural beauty of the park

Tourists who appreciate nature and wildlife have the opportunity to get close to the natural environment in the Mikumi National Park’s savannah grasslands by taking one of the many trails, including the Vuma Trail, Lodge Trail, and Kikoboga Trail.

Visitors will be able to appreciate highlights, wildlife, and various bird species and learn more about the national park’s surroundings to its full extent.

Cultural experience

There are various diversifying cultural tribes surrounding the park which include the Choma, Maasai, Kinole, and Mandole among others that have unique cultural experiences.

With the help of guides, tourists get to engage in the traditional way of life of the local people to learn more about the customs, traditions, and dress codes of the locals on the cultural walks,


The Uluguru Mountains, a vast mountain chain, the Eastern Arc Mountains’ section, whose primary Mountain Ridge rises to 2,630 meters, are located in northern Mikumi National Park.

The hills give incredible scenery and disperse their charm with rare plant, bird, mammal, and amphibian species found anywhere else in the world.

Visitors can trek along the routes through rugged but still majestic woodlands to unwind and partake in the true grandeur of native surroundings and wilderness.

Visitors can relish excursions, picturesque landscapes, greenery, and the magnificent biodiversity of famous house plants and endemic life forms such as impatiens, African Violets, and begonias.


The ideal picnicking opportunities are available in Mikumi National Park.

An Acentric Wilderness Arena, which also offers other popular tourist attractions if visitors are keen on enjoying a picnic while on a group trip, family vacation, couple’s expedition, or other trips or looking for fun things to do in Tanzania.

These picnic excursions will treat visitors to breathtaking vistas, landscapes, and locations that will provide them with memorable scenes and a fascinating journey.

Among the activities at picnics include eating, playing games, and many others. It’s a great chance to relax amid the beauty of nature.

Visiting Kinole waterfalls.

Take in the view of the Kinole waterfalls, situated on Uluguru Mountain near the Kinole settlement.

Visitors won’t be let down by the spectacular cascades that will leave visitors with a chill up their backs. It’s also the ideal location for hiking, swimming, and taking beautiful pictures.

Visitors will be able to see the stunning natural surroundings as their ranger guides them

Night game drives

Night game drives provide tourists the chance to discover the national park at nighttime to see nocturnal creatures. The park is among the few places in Tanzania that provide these thrilling night game drive excursions. 

After supper, night game excursions can be taken in safari vehicles equipped with spotlight lamps in Mikumi National Park.

These trips can be taken in the presence of an equipped park ranger to safeguard guests from any threat.

Night game drives begin at approximately 8:00 p.m. Visitors may take in the evening, admire the stars, see nocturnal predators like lions, leopards, and hyenas prowling, and observe hippos munching, all while going on a night jeep safari.


How to get to Mikumi National Park

By Flight

The Safari to Mikumi usually starts from Tanzania’s east coast city and is popular with visitors from South Africa. From there, Mikumi National Park is a 4-hour drive.

International flights into the country arrive at Dar es Salaam (DAR) airport for visitors wondering how to get to Tanzania. DAR airport is located 18km south of Dar es Salaam and a Tanzania Visa and certain vaccinations may be required to enter the country.

By Road

Ruaha is 200 miles away by road and the drive will take almost 5 hours.

In conclusion

Mikumi National Park is one of the awesome destinations in Tanzania marveling at natural beauty that offers unbelievable moments in life.


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