Mikumi National Park forms the northern boundary of Selous game reserve, one of the largest nature reserves in the world. This area that has been allocated for nature conservation allows for herds of animals to roam great distances uninhibited by fences or boundaries. The park is regarded as one of the less frequented national parks by the average tourist, and therefore allows for more intimate game viewing.
The abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centerpiece of Mikumi, is often compared to the more famous Serengeti Plains. At the end of the Dry season the waterholes, including the hippo pool, become a wildlife magnet and huge herds of elephant and buffalo visit these spots throughout the day.
The grasslands of Mikumi also support large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and impala. Giraffe and elephant are also common. Predators, such as lion and spotted hyena, are present but sightings are less common than in some of the more popular parks. Troops of yellow baboon and vervet monkey can be found throughout the park.
Guided walks are available in the park as well as game drives.
Wildlife viewing in Mikumi is fine throughout the year, but the best time is from late June to October (the Dry season). The end of the Dry season (September and October) is particularly rewarding as big herds of animals come to drink at the last sources of water.
June to October, although there are rarely crowds
April and May
June to October (Little to no rainfall)
March and April (Peak of Wet season)
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