Super Game Tanzania Safaris and Tours
Area: 3,230 km²
Location: Mikumi near Morogoro, Tanzania
Nearest city: Dar es Salaam
How to get there: A good surfaced road connects Mikumi to Dar es Salaam via Morogoro, a roughly 4-hour drive. Also, road connections to Udzungwa, Ruaha and (dry season only) Selous.
Charter flight is from Dar es Salaam, Arusha or Selous. Local buses also run from Dar to park HQ where game drives can be arranged.
What to do there:
Game drives and guided walks, Selous Game Reserve.
It is the fourth largest national park in Tanzania and only a few hours’ drive from Tanzania’s largest city. The park has a wider variety of wildlife which can be easily spotted and also well adapted to game viewing. Its closeness to Dar es Salaam and the amount of wildlife that live within its borders makes Mikumi National Park a popular option in the weekend visitors from various city, or anyone as business visitors who don’t have to spend a long time on an extended safari itinerary. Mikumi National Park borders Selous Game Reserve on the south, the two areas forming a unique ecosystem. Two other natural areas bordering the national park are the Udzungwa Mountains and Uluguru Mountains. Malundwe Mountain is within the park, the highest peak of hills that runs from east and west through the park, connecting the Uluguru Mountains to the northeast with the Uvidunda and Udzungwa mountains to the west.
Most of the visitors come to Mikumi National Park aiming to spot only the ‘Big Five’ (cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino), and they are not always disappointed. Here Hippo pools provide a close access to the mud-loving beasts, and bird-watching along the waterways in a particular rewarding way. Mikumi National Park borders the Selous Game Reserve and Udzungwa National Park, and all the three locations made a varied and pleasant safari circuit.
Swirls of opaque mist hide the advancing dawn. The first channels of sun decorate the fluffy grass heads rippling across the plain in a coffee aura. A herd of zebras, who are confident in their camouflage at this predatory hour, pose like ballerinas, heads being aligned and stripes merging in flowing motion.
Lions survey their grassy kingdom – and the zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo herds that migrates into it – from the flattened tops of termite mounds, or sometimes during the rains, from perches high in the trees.