Mikumi National Park is the 4th largest in Tanzania, covering 3,230km2. This size is slightly misleading because it connects directly onto the Selous Game Reserve, Uluguru and Udzungwa Mountains which combine to make a more than 75,000km2 ecosystem.
Mikumi is well connected by road to Dar es Salaam - a drive of about 4½ hours. This means that we can take you on a rush one day safari from the city, but it's better to make this two or three day trip. For a safari of huge African species diversity, it combines well with an overland safari, flying safari, or half overland and half flying safari, combining Mikumi, the rainforest clad mountains of Udzungwa and the Ruaha National Park - Tanzania's largest. It is difficult in Tanzania to beat that combination for diversity of habitats, mammals and birdlife.
Mikumi itself contains more than 400 species of bird, many of which are Eurasian migrants which peak between October and April. A first-time visitor to Africa will be struck by the striking colours of the lilac breasted roller, often seen perching on dead wood before flying in a sinusoidal wave pattern. Huge and rather sinister marabou storks are often seen sitting on their knees, which operate in the opposite direction to a human's.
Of mammals, elephants are common, especially in December and January after the short rains, when they tend to move into the area from the Selous Reserve. The Mkata Floodplain is one of the best areas of the park to spot game. Zebra are often seen, along with giraffes, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and crocodiles at the edge of water.
Predators are best tracked by an expert guide amongst the mixed woodland and grassland. Lions are the most likely, but elusive leopards are sometimes seen in a tree. Black backed jackals exist here, as do African civets, whilst African hunting dogs are a rare sight.