Mikumi National Park

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Little Serengeti near Dar es Salaam

Mikumi National Park is the perfect safari location when you don’t have the time for an extensive safari.

The fourth largest national park in Tanzania offers great wildlife and sightings all year round.

About Mikumi National Park

If your goal is spotting the ‘Big Five (leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino), you certainly succeed here!

The landscape of Mikumi National Park

The landscape of Mikumi National Park is often compared to that of the Serengeti and for that reason is called ‘Little Serengeti’.

The landscape of Mikumi National Park is often compared to that of the and for that reason is called ‘Little Serengeti’.

The road that transits the park divides the park into two areas with partially different environments. The northwest consists of a savannah scattered with acacias, baobab trees, tamarinds, and a rare palm.

Mikumi national park most distant from the road, there are astonishing rock formations of the Uluguru and Rubeho mountains. The southeastern part of the park has less wildlife and is not very accessible.

Climate and Season of Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park has a tropical climate and is a dazzling destination all year round.

March and April:
There’s a higher chance of rain. That means mainly a tropical shower in the morning and sometimes at night. The temperatures are pleasant (25 degrees on average).

May to October:
This is the “cool” period in Mikumi National Park. The temperature is pleasant (on average 21/23 degrees).

November and December:
Precipitation varies, it’s the hottest period. The daily temperatures are between 21 and 29 degrees.

January and February:
The temperature drops slightly, to an average of 25 degrees.


In Mikumi National Park you can go on safari in jeeps or on foot. Besides, you can take a walking safari in the nearby Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

This park is ideal for visiting en route to Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve.

Safari and Tours

Mikumi National Park is located between the Uluguru Mountains on the northeast side and the Rubeho and Udzungwa mountains on the southwest side. In addition, it borders on Africa’s largest game reserve: Selous Game Reserve.

In Mikumi National Park you find elephants, giraffes, buffalo, zebras, moose, wildebeest and lions, and many species of birds.

A definite highlight is the Mkata plains with wonderful vegetation that attracts many elephants and buffalo.

Animals in the area

Mikumi National Park is home to the Big Five, several species of birds, and more. Chances are you’ll see many of these animals, right after entering the park.

Common animals include buffalo, wildebeest, giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras, leopards, and crocodiles.

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