Exciting 3 Days Tanzania Mikumi National Park Safari

$495 pp

Since the completion of the paved road connecting the park gate with Dar es Salaam, Mikumi National Park has been slated to become a hotspot for tourism in Tanzania. Located between the Uluguru Mountains and the Lumango range, Mikumi is the fourth largest national park in Tanzania and only a few hours drive from Tanzania’s largest city.

The park has a wide variety of wildlife that can be easy spotted and also well acclimatized to game viewing. Its proximity to Dar es Salaam and the amount of wildlife that live within its borders makes Mikumi National Park a popular option for weekend visitors from the city, or for business visitors who don’t have to spend a long time on an extended safari itinerary.

Mikumi is Tanzania’s fourth-largest national park. It’s also the most accessible from Dar es Salaam. With almost guaranteed wildlife sightings, it makes an ideal safari destination for those without much time.Most visitors come to Mikumi National Park aiming to spot the ‘Big Five’ (cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo), and they are always not disappointed. Hippo pools provide close access to the mud-loving beasts, and bird-watching along the waterways is particularly rewarding.

Mikumi National Park borders the Selous Game Reserve and Udzungwa National Park, and the three locations make a varied and pleasant safari circuit.Mikumi National Park abuts the northern border of Africa’s biggest game reserve – the Selous – and is transected by the surfaced road between Dar es Salaam and Iringa.

It is thus the most accessible part of a 75,000 square kilometre (47,000 square mile) 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 centre piece of Mikumi, draws frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains.

Swirls of opaque mist hide the advancing dawn. The first shafts of sun decorate the fluffy grass heads rippling across the plain in a russet halo. A herd of zebras, confident in their camouflage at this predatory hour, pose like ballerinas, heads aligned and stripes merging in flowing motion.

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 favoured also by Mikumi’s elephants.

Criss-crossed by a good 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 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 5 km north of the main entrance gate, supported by an ever-changing cast of water-birds.

Tanzania Mikumi national park Size

3,230 sq km
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Itinerary:

Day 1:

You will be picked from your hotel in Dar es salaam and Drive for 6-7 hours to mikumi national park.Your breakfast will be on the way to Mikumi. On arrival at Mikumi we shall check in and start Half day game drive with lunch break inside the park at the Mikumi Restaurant.Later in the evening head to Camp Bastian Mikumi Cottages for Dinner and overnight.

Day 2:

Early morning,have breakfast at the camp and later departure to Mikumi gate for check in.Enjoy full day Game Drive at the park with  your lunch box till 5:30pm. Check out of the park and drive straight to maasai boma for an hour of maasai cultural tour experiencing exiting traditional dances and ways of maasai living.Return to the camp for dinner and overnight

Day 3:

Early morning,have breakfast at the camp and later departure to Mikumi gate for check in.Enjoy half day Game drive.At 10:30am,check out of the park and drive to Dar es salaam.Be dropped at the Airport or Hotel

What the cost covers:

  1. Safari cruiser
  2. Guide fees
  3. Park fees
  4. Drinking water during game drives
  5. Meals
  6. Accommodation during safari

What is not covered :

  1. Items of personal nature
  2. visa
  3. travel and medical insurance
  4. Accommodation before & After Safari

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