National Park

Promises excellent game viewing with healthy populations of lions, elephants, zebras, and giraffes, all waiting to be discovered.

About Mikumi National Park

 Unlike the vast plains of the north, Mikumi’s landscape is a captivating tapestry. Sweeping savannas dotted with iconic acacia trees stretch as far as the eye can see, while the life-giving Mkata River snakes its way through the park, creating lush floodplains that teem with wildlife during the wet season. The park even extends to the foothills of the majestic Selous Mountains, adding a touch of dramatic scenery to your safari adventure.

This diversity of habitat translates to an impressive array of animals calling Mikumi home. From the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and buffalo) to fascinating predators like cheetah and wild dog, Mikumi offers excellent game viewing opportunities.

Beyond the thrill of spotting iconic animals, Mikumi offers visitors a chance to delve deeper into Tanzania’s rich natural heritage. Guided bush walks allow you to get up close with the smaller wonders of the park, while exploring hidden watering holes reveals the intricate web of life that sustains this ecosystem.

For a truly unique experience, consider a horseback riding safari, offering a different perspective on the park’s landscapes and wildlife. Whether you’re a seasoned safari enthusiast or a curious first-timer, Mikumi National Park promises an unforgettable African adventure.


For classic safari viewing, the dry season from June to October reigns supreme. With sparse vegetation and animals concentrated around waterholes, spotting wildlife becomes easier. For a less crowded experience, consider the shoulder seasons (April, May, and November). While occasional showers might occur, the crowds dwindle, and the park transforms into a lush paradise. Birdwatchers will particularly enjoy this period as migratory birds arrive.
Here are some of the best things to do in Mikumi National Park:
Go on a game drive. Enjoy thrilling game drives in Mikumi National Park, exploring its diverse landscapes and spotting a variety of wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, lions, zebras, and more.
Horseback riding safari. xperience the park from a unique perspective with a horseback riding safari. This thrilling adventure allows you to get up close to the animals while enjoying the beauty of the savanna.
Visit the Mkata River hippo pools. The Mkata River is a lifeline for Mikumi’s wildlife, and the hippo pools along its banks are a great place to see these massive creatures wallowing in the water.

2. Go on a guided bush walk. This allows you to get off the beaten path and explore the park on foot, getting closer to smaller animals and plants that you might miss on a safari drive.

Birdwatching. Mikumi is a haven for birdlife, with over 300 species recorded. Whether you’re a seasoned birder or just enjoy the beauty of these feathered creatures, keep an eye out for colorful birds like lilac-breasted rollers, kori bustards, and martial eagles.
Relax at your lodge.  After a day of exploring the park, relax and unwind at your lodge. Many lodges offer stunning views of the savanna, swimming pools, and comfortable accommodations, making them the perfect place to unwind and reflect on your safari experience.

Fun facts about Mikumi National Park


The park is named after the Swahili term for the Borassus palm tree, which is abundant in the area.

The park’s Mkata Floodplain is a key feature, attracting large herds of grazers such as wildebeest, impalas, and zebras.
Mikumi is a great place for birdwatching, with over 400 bird species recorded, including colorful bee-eaters, hornbills, and the lilac-breasted roller.
The park’s diverse habitats range from open grasslands to acacia woodlands, providing a unique setting for wildlife viewing and photography.