Open year around the Mikumi National Park has open horizons and abundant wildlife. And the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centerpiece of Mikumi, often draws comparisons to the famous Serengeti Plains. Mikumi National Park also sits next to the northern border of Africa's biggest game reserve - the Selous. It's one of the most accessible parts of the 47,000 square mile tract of wilderness that stretches east nearly to the Indian Ocean.
Zebra and wildebeest survey their grassy kingdom – along with the lions, impala and buffalo herds that migrate across it. Giraffes forage in the isolated acacia stands along the Mkata River, areas of shade favored by Mikumi's elephants. Cris-crossed by a good circuit of game-viewing roads, the Mkata Floodplain is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful 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. More than 400 bird species have been recorded, with such colorful common residents as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow throated longclaw and bateleur eagle making appearances. And hippos are the star attraction supported by an ever-changing cast of waterbirds. As the fourth-largest park in Tanzania there is plenty to see.
Prices are per person and range from $1,520 to $5,250 depending on duration and lodging. For more details about itineraries and prices go to our Tour Packages page.