Mikumi National Park – Tanzania Self drive Tours
Mikumi National Park in Tanzania borders Selous Game Reserve on the south. Two other natural areas bordering Mikumi national park are the Udzungwa Mountains and the Uluguru Mountains. The Malundwe Mountain is within the park and is the highest of a belt of hills that run east and west through the park. It connects the Uluguru Mountains to the northeast with the Uvidunda and Udzungwa mountains to the west.
Flora and fauna
The landscape of Mikumi National Park is often compared to that of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. The road that bisects the park creates two distinct environments. The area northwest is characterized by the alluvial plain of the river basin Mkata. Here the vegetation consists of savannah dotted with acacia, baobab, tamarinds, and some rare palms. In this area fur from the road are spectacular rock formations of the mountains Rubeho and Uluguru. The southeast part of the park is less rich in wildlife, and not easily accessible.
The fauna includes many species characteristic of the African savannah. The park contains a subspecies of giraffes that biologists consider the link between the Masai giraffe and the reticulated giraffe. Other animals in the park are Savannah elephants, zebras, impala, elands, kudu, black antelopes, baboons, wildebeests and buffaloes. At about 5 km from the north of the park, there are two artificial pools inhabited by hippos. The park has more than 400 different species of birds also inhabit the park.
The Mikumi belongs to the circuit of the wildlife parks of Tanzania. This park is less visited by international tourists and better protected from the environmental point of view. Most of the routes that cross the Mikumi proceed in the direction of the Ruaha National Park and the Selous. The recommended season for visiting the park is the dry season between May and November. The warm weather and beautiful sites in Mikumi National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.