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 is fine throughout the year, but the best time is from late June to October (the Dry season). At this time vegetation is thinner, and animals gather around waterholes. 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.

Best Time 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 Wet season)

June to October Dry Season

  • Wildlife is easier to spot as vegetation thins out, and animals concentrate around waterholes and rivers
  • Abundant sunshine and little rainfall
  • The risk of catching malaria is less as there are not as many mosquitoes
  • There is not as much humidity, so the heat seems less severe
  • There is a lot of dust in the air because it is very dry
  • Many vehicles at the hippo pool

November to May Wet Season

  • The scenery is green and lush
  • Prices may be less, and there are few tourists in the low season of April and May
  • Birding is at its best as migratory birds arrive
  • Roads may be washed out and troublesome to use
  • Wildlife viewing is not as good compared to the middle and end of the Dry season
  • Wet season is at its height from March to April
  • It gets humid and hot

Wildlife Photos

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