Mikumi National Park

The open horizons and abundant wildlife of Mkata floodplain is a prominent feature of the park, which is bordered on one side by the Uluguru Mountains and on another by the Lumango Range

Mikumi National Park borders the Northern limits of the Selous Game Reserve and is part of a vast wilderness ecosystem covering 75,000 square kilometers. The park is marked by the open grasslands on the lower plains, while the higher ground is blanketed by the Miombo woodlands.

The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata floodplain is a prominent feature of the park, which is surrounded on one side by the Uluguru Mountains and on another by the Lumango Range.

The Wildlife

Mikumi National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, giraffes, impalas, warthogs, zebras, buffaloes, wildebeest, hartebeest and wild dogs.

What You’ll See

The open horizons and abundant wildlife of Mkata floodplain is a prominent feature of the park.

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 mighty 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.

At the pair of pools situated 5 kilometers North of the main entrance gate, hippos are undoubtedly the star attraction. Among the hippos, visitors enjoy seeing the ever-rotating cast of water birds.

In addition to the larger animals, there are over 400 bird species that have been sighted there, with such colorful characters as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated longclaw, and bateleur eagle. These are joined by a host of European migrants during the rainy season.

Source: Tanzania Tourist Board

Header Image Source: Mikumi Safari Lodge

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