Mikumi National Park

It was here that the explorers Stanley and Livingstone met in the 1870s, but the notoriety of these characters did not contribute to the tourist reputation of the place. Too bad, because the park is easy to reach from Dar-es-Salaam, and it houses very beautiful colonies of animals …

  It takes its name from that of a palm tree, which is sometimes said to be Palmyra, sometimes to sugar, and which has disheveled heads of chimney sweepers. Mikumi …

  By its abundant fauna, the Park is sometimes compared to the Serengeti; By its wild spaces, it resembles Selous; Its plain MwanaMbogo and its river Mkata are superb; Its faithful hills, the Rubeho to the west and the Uluguru to the east, constantly watch over it under their still blue veil; And the miombo redouble here of jokes, shedding their leaves faster than a stripper at the slightest heat, covering themselves with new, red and gold, with the first drops of rain … Las, nothing makes it! Like most parks in southern Tanzania, Mikumi drags his 3230 km2 as an orphan … And yet, saying that, is it only from the north of park, the only part to be somewhat frequented by tourism …

  However, exploration of the site is not new, since it was in 1872 that after finding Dr. Livingstone on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Henry Morton Stanley crossed the area. In the early 1950s, the Europeans even built a paved road, that of Morogoro, passing through what was not while a hunting reserve, which now connects Dar es Salaam to Irungadu. It is this axis of east-west communication that now delimits the two Mikumi, that of the safaris, to the north, and that adjacent to Selous, to the south, untapped … It is on the approach of this road – But sufficiently set back, however, – that there are the main camps and lodges. Their guests have the privilege of observing some of the most discrete animals of East Africa, including the largest of the antelopes, the Cape’s elk, or another sturdy, black hippotrague, Size of a donkey and horns thrown back like a cap of Tour de France, as well as largekoudous, no less impressive,

  horns this time vertical and corkscrew over a body beige wrapped with fine stripes.There would be a specific breed here giraffe, between the reticulatedKenya and Masai, recognizable to his light socks mounted to the knees. There would here elephants that do not arrive not in the savanna as in a porcelain store: these eat grass and do not want not often to the bark of trees …

  But it is not finished ! With its12 000 buffaloes, its lycaons, its yellow baboons, its strong colony of hippos and at least 400 bird species, the Park is a privileged area for observation and schools specialized in the protection of the environment are lacking not send there regularly many of their students … True, Mikumi knows how to attract people!

Where to sleep in Mikumi National Park?

  VUMA HILLSTENTED CAMP
  MIKUMI WILDLIFECAMP
  STANLEYS KOBJE
  TANSWISS