This relatively small National Park, 3230 sq km /1,300 square miles in area, lies 300 km west of Dar-es-Salaam and is the closest park to the capital. It is nestled between the Uruguru Mountains to the East and the Rift Valley escarpments to the Southwest. Even though this is a small park, there is a border with the Selous Game Reserve, allowing movement of game and therefore Mikumi benefits from the highest game density of the entire conservation area, while still being easily accessible. Mikumi National Park is composed primarily of the Mkata River flood plain; this is surrounded by gently rolling hills covered in Miombo woodland. A popular spot for visitors is the Kikaboga Hippo Pool. Although December to March are ideal months for viewing game at Mikumi, there are animals throughout the year.
Although less spectacular than some of the more illustrious Tanzanian National Parks, Mikumi still offers a good safari experience with typical flora and fauna of East Africa. There is a rich variety of bird species as well as large numbers of giraffes, buffaloes and elephants. Close to the waterholes you’ll find lions, leopards and hippos. Furthermore, you can see zebras, wild dogs, pythons, hartebeest, wildebeest, elephants, impala, warthog, eland and other antelope. Several observation towers enable you to view the park in its entirety.