​Expert Reviews – Mikumi NP

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Ariadne van Zandbergen   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: Multiple times

Ariadne is a renowned African wildlife photographer whose work is featured in many well-known guidebooks and magazines.

6 people found this review helpful.

Ideal Stopover on the Tanzam Highway
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With the Tanzania–Zambia highway bisecting the park, Mikumi National Park lacks the wilderness appeal for which other reserves in southern Tanzania are known. But for me, Mikumi is perfect to break up the trip from Dar es Salaam to Ruaha National Park. I’ve always found the game viewing very good. There are good numbers of elephant, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest. The main waterhole is a magnet for thirsty animals and on my last visit huge herds of buffalo were a constant presence here. We saw a good variety of antelope, including impala, reedbuck, eland and greater kudu. The game-drive circuit is quite small, so a one- or two-night stay is all you need.

The park is often visited by noisy crowds from Dar es Salaam, which can spoil the experience at crucial points such as the waterhole and picnic sites. Therefore, weekends are not the best time to visit.

Lizzie Williams   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: Multiple times

Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

3 people found this review helpful.

A stretch of typical savannah with unexpected game-viewing on Tanzania’s Great North Road
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Straddling the Morogoro-Iringa highway, Mikumi has typical woodland and grassy plains, and the lush vegetation of the Mkata River floodplain attracts a fair variety of animals and birds throughout the year. I’ve passed through en route between Tanzania and Malawi, and game-viewing is as simple as slowing down to the prescribed speed limit. It’s quite an odd experience to drive through a village, then a pristine wildlife area, then immediately back to farmland and villages on the other side. But just on the 50-kilometre drive through, I’ve seen plains game, elephant, and lion and they seem quite accustomed to the vehicles that rumble past. While I wouldn’t make a special effort to get just here as it’s a fairly long drive from Dar es Salaam, there is a good choice of accommodation and it can be combined with other parks in southern Tanzania.

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