ABOUT MIKUMI NATIONAL PARKMikumi National Park abuts the northern border of Africa’s biggest game reserve - the Selous – and is transected by the surfaced road between Dar es Salaam and Iringa. It is thus the most accessible part of a 75,000 square kilometre (47,000 square mile) tract of wilderness that stretches east almost as far as the Indian Ocean. The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centre piece of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains. Lions survey their grassy kingdom – and the zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo herds that migrate across it – from the flattened tops of termite mounds, or sometimes, during the rains, from perches high in the trees. Giraffes forage in the isolated acacia stands that fringe the Mkata River, islets of shade favored also by Mikumi’s elephants.
Criss-crossed by a good circuit of game-viewing roads, the Mkata Floodplain is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful eland, the world’s largest antelope. The equally impressive greater kudu and sable antelope haunt the miombo-covered foothills of the mountains that rise from the park’s borders. More than 400 bird species have been recorded, with such colorful common residents as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated longclaw and bateleur eagle joined by a host of European migrants during the rainy season. Hippos are the star attraction of the pair of pools situated 5km north of the main entrance gate, supported by an ever-changing cast of waterbirds.
WALKING SAFARIS IN MIKUMI
Walking safaris are an exciting alternative to explore the unique and wonderful World of Africa. Experience walking safaris in Mikumi which give a front line view of the magnificent wildlife resources Mikumi has to offer. Be sure of the best possible experience by walking with qualified guides as organized by Watu Safaris in the Mikumi National Park.
1. Vumahill Walking Safari RouteIt provides a comfortable walk through forest and slightly plains starting from the Vumahill tented camp to campsite number 3.
2. Mikumi Wlidlife Camp Walking Safari RouteIt ensures a thrilling up close and personal experience of the bush wilderness. Walking is really about enjoying the Mikumi beautiful scenery, trees, birds, butterfly species and wildlife at a very flight distance starting from the Mikumi entrance gate.
What to bring:For a walking safari please bring walking shoes and neutral coloured clothing (not white, black and bright colours). Use of insect repellents is advised as risk of insect bites can be reduced significantly. Also sunscreen, camera, binoculars and drinking water are of importance to make your walking safari a great experience to remember.
Walking Safari FeesWalking fees are paid on top of the normal park entry fees and it is $20 per person and $20 for guide/Ranger fees per group.
How long it takes?Walking safaris are contacted early in the morning when the sun is not hot so that the walking if as comfortable as possible and it takes up to 2 hours of walking.
Walking safaris can be combined with normal game drives as can be chosen from the sample itineraries (and the safari options page) and especially if you are spending a night in Mikumi National Park. If interested for a walking safari contact us as soon as when you book for your next safari with us in Mikumi and we can organize it for you, booking for walking safaris are best made a day before or earlier in advance.