Mikumi is the fourth-largest National Park covers an area of 3,230 sq km. It shares a common border and ecosystem with Selous Game Reserve and Udzungwa National Park. It is also the most accessible park from Dar es Salaam with only three to four hours safe drive along Dar es Salaam-Iringa road. It definitely makes an ideal safari destination for those visitors without much time.
Most visitors come to Mikumi National Park aiming to spot the ‘Big Five’ (cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino), and they are always not disappointed. Hippo pools provide close access to the mud-loving beasts, and bird-watching along the waterways is particularly rewarding.
The main feature of the park is the Mikumi flood plain, along with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides. Open grasslands dominate in the flood plain, eventually merging with the miombo woodland covering the lower hills. Also, its bordered by the Lumango and Uluguru mountains.
Other animals that can be sighted although rare are the Sable Antelope resident in the southern part of the park bordering the Selous, the Greater Kudu, leopard, and the wild dog also known as the African Hunting Dog. More than 400 bird species have been recorded, including European migrants during the rainy season, the yellow-throated longclaw bateleur eagle and lilac-breasted roller.