​Best Time To Visit – Mikumi NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

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Wildlife viewing in Mikumi National Park is excellent year-round. But the best time to visit is from late June to October (the Dry season is from June to October) when Mikumi’s vegetation is thinner and animals gather around waterholes; this is especially the case in September and October, when big herds of animals come to drink at the last sources of water. If you’re a birder, November to February is best.


195 Mikumi Safaris
Best Time Late June to October (Animals are attracted to the waterholes)
High Season June to October (Mikumi doesn't usually have crowds at any time)
Low Season April and May (Low-season discounts might apply)
Best Weather June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Worst Weather March and April (Peak of the Wet season)

June to October Dry Season

  • Wildlife is easier to see as vegetation thins and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers
  • Expect sunshine and little rainfall
  • The risk of catching malaria is lower as there are fewer mosquitoes
  • There is little humidity, so the heat seems less severe
  • Dust in the dry air can reduce visibility
  • The hippo pool and some trails in the park’s north can become overcrowded with vehicles

November to May Wet Season

  • The scenery is usually green and lush
  • Prices may be lower, especially in April and May, when there are fewer visitors
  • Birding is at its best as migratory birds arrive in November and stay until April
  • Roads may be washed out and impassable in places
  • Animals are more difficult to see when compared to the Dry season
  • Wet season is at its height from March to April
  • Some lodges are closed from March to May
  • It gets humid and hot

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