Experience the Wild: Mikumi Day Safari From Zanzibar

Are you considering an unforgettable adventure that combines the pristine beaches of Zanzibar with the wild heart of Africa? Look no further than a day safari to Mikumi National Park from Zanzibar. This unique opportunity offers travelers a seamless blend of relaxation and adventure, showcasing the best of Tanzania’s natural beauty and wildlife. Here’s everything you need to know about embarking on a Mikumi day safari from Zanzibar.

Day Mikumi Safari

Why Choose Mikumi Day Safari From Zanzibar?

Mikumi National Park is a popular destination for day safaris from Zanzibar due to its close proximity and diverse range of wildlife. Zanzibar, known for its stunning beaches and rich cultural history, may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about safari experiences. However, many travelers find that combining a beach vacation with a day safari to Mikumi National Park allows them to experience the best of both worlds.

The short distance between Zanzibar and Mikumi National Park makes it an ideal option for travelers looking to add a safari experience to their itinerary without taking up too much time. The Mikumi day safari allows visitors to see a variety of animals, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, and lions, all within a convenient timeframe. Additionally, the park’s diverse range of vegetation and landscapes offers a unique setting for wildlife viewing.

The Journey from Zanzibar to Mikumi

The Mikumi day safari from Zanzibar begins with an early morning departure from Zanzibar. We opt for a quick and scenic flight to the mainland, landing at a small airstrip within the park. This choice maximizes your time on the ground, allowing for an immediate immersion into the wilderness. For those craving a more rounded Tanzanian experience, there’s also the option to take a ferry to Dar es Salaam followed by a drive to Mikumi, though it’s a longer journey which requires 3 days.

What to Expect on a Day Safari to Mikumi National Park

Going on a day safari from Zanzibar is a fantastic way to experience the incredible wildlife and landscapes that Tanzania has to offer. During your Mikumi day safari, there are some must-see sights that you won’t want to miss. One of the highlights of any safari is seeing the iconic 4 members of the Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalo and leopard. These animals are truly majestic creatures and spotting them in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In addition to the Big Five, there are plenty of other amazing animals to see on safari, such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and hippos. You may also be lucky enough to see cheetahs, hyenas, and various species of antelope. The savannah plains and lush forests of Mikumi provide the perfect backdrop for spotting these incredible creatures.

Game viewing activities in this safari includes

Morning Game Drive

Your Mikumi day safari starts with a morning game drive, the best time to witness the wilderness as it wakes up. The cooler temperatures encourage animals to be more active, presenting optimal viewing opportunities. A knowledgeable guide will navigate the park’s terrain, ensuring you visit the best spots for wildlife sightings while sharing insights about the ecosystem and animal behaviors.

Lunch with a View

After an exhilarating morning, enjoy a hot lunch amidst the beauty of Mikumi. We can arrange a meal in a picturesque location, allowing you to relax and dine with the wilderness as your backdrop. It’s not uncommon for some curious animals to make a distant appearance, adding to the experience.

Afternoon Game Drive

As the day progresses, you’ll head out for an afternoon game drive, exploring new areas of the park. This period often brings about different animal interactions and behaviors to observe, especially as the day cools down and creatures prepare for the night.

The Return to Zanzibar

As the safari concludes, you’ll head back to the airstrip for your evening flight to Zanzibar, filled with memories of the day’s adventures. The tranquility of the island awaits, offering a peaceful contrast to the day’s excitement.

Booking Your Safari

Mikumi day safari from Zanzibar provides travelers with the opportunity to experience the beauty of Tanzania’s wildlife and landscapes without the need for an extended safari journey. It allows for a taste of the safari experience, making it a perfect choice for those looking to combine relaxation with adventure on their trip to Zanzibar.

Wilds of Africa offer Mikumi day safaris from Zanzibar each day. It is crucial to contact us about your time and need so that we aligns with your expectations and budget.

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Itinerary for a Day Safari to Mikumi from Zanzibar

Zanzibar – Mikumi National Park – Zanzibar

Depending on flight availability, the departure time from the hotel is either 5 am or 4 am. The flight leaves at 0700 hrs and arrives in Mikumi Airstrip at 0810 hrs. Upon your arrival our guide will meet and greet you and provide a brief overview of your game drive in Mikumi. Riding in a 4×4 safari vehicle, you will explore the park and its wildlife from an open-sided vehicle. You may spot elephants, giraffes, lions, buffalo, zebras, and leopards during this privileged and comfortable journey through the African bush.

During mid-day, your guide will drive to restaurant located within the park for hot lunch while enjoy the panoramic view of the park at the backdrop. Depending with your flight you might continue with the afternoon game drive or transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Zanzibar. Note that some flights departs earlier and others in the afternoon at  1600hrs and arrive Zanzibar at 1710hrs.

Planning Your Mikumi Day Safari


Best Time to Go

While Mikumi National Park offers year-round wildlife viewing, the best times to visit are during the dry season from June to October. This period provides easier wildlife spotting due to thinner vegetation and animals gathering around water sources.


What to Bring

  • Comfortable Clothing: Dress in layers for the fluctuating temperatures.
  • Binoculars: Enhance your viewing experience.
  • Camera: Capture the breathtaking wildlife and landscapes.
  • Sun Protection: Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are essential.
  • Insect Repellent: Keep the bugs at bay during your adventure.

Mikumi Days Safari Includes

  • Game drive in a 4WD Safari Vehicles
  • All park fees & Service fees
  • Service of the professional driver guide
  • Return airticket from Zanzibar
  • Transfer from the hotel to airport and back
  • Lunch
  • All ground transportations

Mikumi Days Safari Excludes

  • Drinks & Beverages
  • Medical Insurance if needed
  • Gratuities for Guides/Drivers
  • Visa fees
  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • International Flights
  • Expenses of a personal Nature