Mikumi National Park in Tanzania.
The Mikumi National Park was established in 1964 with the primary goal of conserving the rare species of antelopes found in the area. The park covers a total area of 3230 square kilometers and is located on the banks of the Ruaha River. This is the 4th largest National Park in Tanzania, which is called the "little Serengeti". For short 1-day safaris from Zanzibar, it is perfect because it is close.
It consists of mountain ranges, spacious meadows, wooded lowlands, many centuries-old baobabs grow.
What animals can be found in Mikumi Park?lions, wild African dogs, giraffes, elephants, zebras, buffaloes, antelopes and crocodiles live here. Swimming hippos can be found in the southern part of the park; there are about 40 thousand of them. There are also about 440 species of birds in the park.
Of the "big five", only 4 representatives can be found here - all except for the rhinoceros.
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What is the best time of the year to visit Mikumi?Safari tours to the park are held all year round, but the best period to visit is from July to October - the so-called "dry season". Many reservoirs dry up, and animals come to the watering place, where they can be seen.
Where is Mikumi?
The national park is located in the central part of Tanzania, 350 kilometers from Zanzibar.
How to get to Mikumi National Park from Zanzibar?The easiest and cheapest way is a direct flight from Zanzibar. The plane takes off from the local airport and lands right in the park. You do not waste time and energy on long-term. You are immediately in the center of events. The big plus of such a safari is that you are on the mainland only during the day, which means that the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes is minimal.
The flight by plane takes about an hour.
Traditional safaris are held in Mikumi, you can fly in a hot air balloon, and the park is also often a film set for films about wildlife.
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