About Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park lies just north of the famous Selous Game Reserve, Africa’s largest game reserve, covers an area of 3,230 km (2,007 miles). It is the fifth largest National Park in Tanzania.
The best time to visit Mikumi National Park is during the dry season (May – October), however, the northern part of the park is accessible throughout the year. You will find a spectacular concentration of variety of animals in the Mkata Flood Plain, including four of the big five, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard.
The ever changing skies and light on the open horizons produce both glorious sunrises and sunsets. Other game include the worlds’ largest antelope, the eland, greater kudu, sable antelope, defassa waterbuck, zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, and African hunting dogs.
Mikumi offers an outstanding diversity of 400 species of bird life that has been recorded. From the striking turkey-sized group hornbill to the tiny sunbird. Eagles are often soaring in the skies and the Lilac-breasted rollers add to their background. Others include the yellow-throated longclaw 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.