The Park forms the northern borders of Africa’s biggest game reserve, the vast Selous Game Reserve. Mikumi is one of the most popular of Tanzania’s National Parks, the most accessible part of a 75,000 square kilometer wilderness that stretches almost to the shores of the Indian Ocean. Attractions:Mkata River Flood Plain, population of elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, elands and greater Kudu, wildebeest, roan and sable antelope. Predators include tree climbing lions, leopards, wild hunting dogs and black backed jackal. More than 400 species of birds Time to visit:The Park is accessible all year around.
Located north of the Selous Reserve, less than 300 km. from Dar-Es-Salaam, is the Mikumi National Park. Because of its accessibility it is one of the most popular parks in Tanzania and is an important centre for education where students go to study ecology and conservation. A wide range of wildlife inhabits its 3,230 sq km area. The Mikumi flood plain, with its open grasslands, dominates the park together with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides. Lion is commonly seen as are packs of wild dog, rare elsewhere in Africa. Elephant may be encountered and other animals frequently observed are giraffe, zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, eland and Lichtenstein's hartebeest. Crocodiles, monitor lizard and python are other residents. At the southern end of the flood plain, in the Kikoboga area, families of yellow baboon live. Hippos wallow in the waters of Hippo Pools and are frequently joined by flocks of open-billed storks, hunting for molluscs. Over 300 species of birds have been observed in the park, many of which are Eurasian migrants who stay between October and April.