Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park, nestled in southern Tanzania, is one of the country’s largest and most accessible wildlife reserves. Spanning over 3,230 square kilometers, it forms a crucial part of the larger ecosystem that includes the Selous Game Reserve, Africa’s largest protected area. Its proximity to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, makes it a popular safari destination for both locals and tourists alike.

The park’s landscape is characterized by vast grassy plains, dotted with acacia trees and bordered by the Uluguru Mountains to the northeast. The Mkata River flows through the park, attracting a diverse array of wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and buffalo. Mikumi is particularly renowned for its large population of lions, providing visitors with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, especially during the dry season when animals congregate around water sources.

For visitors seeking an authentic safari experience without the crowds often found in more famous parks like the Serengeti, Mikumi offers an ideal alternative. Its network of well-maintained roads allows for easy exploration, whether self-driving or with a guided tour. Additionally, the park offers various accommodation options, from campsites to luxury lodges, catering to different budgets and preferences. With its rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes, Mikumi National Park continues to enchant and captivate visitors, providing unforgettable wildlife encounters in the heart of Tanzania.


Underrated Mikumi National Park is known for its open horizons and abundant wildlife, especially across the Serengeti-like expanses of the Mkata Floodplain. The hippo pool and Millennium area are particularly popular, with good reason. The Dar–Ruaha road bisects Mikumi and it can get busy during the Dry season. To escape the crowds, the park’s south has a wild, wilderness feel, and is known for its elephants and lions.

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