Mikumi National Park
Tanzania’s fourth-largest national park is easy accessible from Dar es salaam. The road that crosses the park divides it into two areas. The area north-west of the park is highly influenced by the Mkata river basin. Here, the vegetation consists of savannah dotted with acacia, baobab, palm, tamarinds and spectacular rock formations. The surrounding mountain and hills brings fascinating natural beauty with addition to superb light, which make it a wonderful scene for wildlife photographers. The southeast part of the park is less rich in vegetation and wildlife, and less accessible.
Tree Climbing Lions
The park is rich in wildlife, especially on the wide, grassy floodplains of the Mkata River. This is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful eland, the world’s largest antelope, and the legendary tree climbing lions. Other animals in the park are giraffes, elephants, zebras, impala, kudu, black antelope, baboons, crocodiles, baboons, wildebeests, hippos and buffaloes. More than 400 different species of birds also inhabit the park.
Walking and driving safaris.
Best Time to Visit
Good all year, but the best time to visit Mikumi National Park is June to October, during the dry season.
Tip from Lomo Expert
A big attraction are the hippo pools, just northwest of the main entry gate, where you can watch hippos wallowing and snorting at close range, plus do some fine birding.