3 days Safari in Mikumi National Park

Safari Mikumi National Park

A 3 Day Safari in Mikumi National Park: The Mikumi National Park is a popular safari destination in Tanzania, known for its diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes. Located in the southeastern part of the country, the park covers an area of over 1,200 square miles and is home to a wide variety of animal species, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, and lions. The best way to see these animals is to embark on a  3 day safari in Mikumi national park which departs from Dar es Salaam and it is available all year round.

3 Day Safari in Mikumi National Park- What to See?

One of the highlights of a safari in Mikumi National Park is the chance to see the four members of the “Big Five” game animals – lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalo. Visitors can embark on guided game drives through the park, allowing them to get up close to these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. The park is also a haven for birdwatchers, with over 400 species of birds recorded within its borders.

In addition to its wildlife, Mikumi National Park boasts stunning scenery, with rolling hills, open grasslands, and acacia woodlands creating a picturesque backdrop for a safari adventure. Visitors can enjoy camping under the stars, taking guided walking safaris, or simply relaxing and taking in the sights and sounds of this incredible wilderness. A safari in Mikumi National Park is sure to be an unforgettable experience for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

Mikumi Safari Cost

The cost of a 3-day safari in Mikumi National Park varies depending on the group size and accommodation preferences. Prices typically include transportation, game drives, meals, and park fees.

Best Time to Visit Mikumi

Although safari in Mikumi national park can be done all year round but the best time is during dry season from June to October when the grasses are shorter. During  this time animals tend to congregate along the water holes which offers brilliant game sighting experience. In addition to game drives visitors can also embark on a guided walking safari accompanied by armed rangers to ensure safety.

Price for Safari in Mikumi National Park: 

Solo Traveler: US $ 1245
2 pax: US $ 780 per person
3-6 pax: US $ 650 per person

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3 Days Safari in Mikumi Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival for Safari in Mikumi: First Glimpse of Wilderness

our safari in Mikumi began with a drive from Dar es Salaam, the bustling coastal metropolis of Tanzania. As you travel inland, the urban landscape gradually gave way to the open countryside. The journey to Mikumi is around a 5-6 hour drive, but the time passes quickly as you’re swept away by the anticipation of what lies ahead.

As you arrive to the park, check into Vuma Tented Camp, a comfortable accommodation strategically situated with a view of the vast savannah. After a quick, refreshing lunch, you will set for a first game drive in various areas in the park including the Mkata Flood plains. This plains is nicknamed as the little Serengeti due to its rich wildlife and stunning landscapes.  Herds of elephants, buffallos, zebras and varied species of antelopes are just some of the animals that can be spotted on Mikumi safari

The Mikumi National Park is the nineth largest national park in Tanzania bordering the Selous Game Reserve to form a vital component of a much larger ecosystem in Africa. This park is accessible throughout the year which makes it a favored choice for short safaris.

As the sun began to set, the sky turned into a canvas of oranges, pinks, and purples. Our guide found a safe spot to stop, and we watched in silence as the sun dipped below the horizon – a perfect ending to the first day of our Safari in Mikumi.

Back at the lodge, dinner was served under a canopy of stars. The night sky in Mikumi is free from light pollution, offering a celestial spectacle that is truly humbling. We retired early, excited for the full day of safari that awaited us.

Day 2: Full-Day Safari in Mikumi National Park

A safari in Mikumi is best at dawn when the park awakens. With the first light, you will set out to catch the nocturnal predators before they retreated from the daylight. The early morning is also an excellent time for bird watching, and Mikumi hosts over 400 bird species, including the bateleur eagle, lilac-breasted roller, and the yellow-throated longclaw.

If lucky during game drive you will see large cats such as lions and leopard. Mikumi is famous for tree climbing lions.

As the day warmed up, you will stop at a designated picnic site. It’s a surreal experience to have lunch in the company of giraffes and elephants that might wander close to the area. However, it’s important to remember that these are wild animals, and maintaining a respectful distance is essential for safety.

After lunch, continue with Mikumi safari afternoon game drive to see the hippos. Watch these colossal creatures interact in their aquatic environment is fascinating. Your  guide will share insights into their behavior and the ecosystem of the river, making the experience both educational and entertaining.

As the day came to a close, you will return to the lodge. Spend the evening of your Mikumi Safari sharing stories of your favorite moments and encounters. The peacefulness of the park at night, with the occasional call of a hyena or roar of a lion, was an evocative soundtrack to our reflections.

Day 3: Walking Safari in Mikumi and Departure

On the final day of your safari in Mikumi national park you will embark on a morning guided walking safari which will give you a chance to experience the bush from a different perspective. Accompanied by an armed ranger, you will learn about the smaller flora and fauna that are often overlooked during game drives. The ranger’s knowledge about medicinal plants, insects, and the interconnectivity of the ecosystem added depth to your safari in Mikumi and the understanding of the savannah.

After some few hours in the bush you will return to the camp for breakfast or branch and after that you will depart the park for the journey back to Dar es Salaam.

End of the 3 Days Safari in Mikumi

Safari in Mikumi Includes

Mikumi park fee.
Mineral water 1.5lt per person per day
Salary for a Professional English speaking driver guide
Full board Accommodation at Vuma Hill Tented Camp
Transport on 4WD vehicle with the pop-up roof, which enable you to spot wildlife easier

Safari in Mikumi Excludes

Accommodation in Dar es Salaam.
Airport departure tax
Hot and cold drinks at the lodges
Flying doctors insurance
Tips to the driver guide

Frequent Asked Questions

What is the best time of the year to go on a safari in Mikumi National Park?

The best time to go on a safari in Mikumi National Park is during the dry season from June to October, as wildlife is easier to spot near water sources. Another good time is the short dry season from January to February when wildlife concentrates around waterholes.

What types of animals can be spotted during a safari in Mikumi National Park?

Animals that can be spotted during a safari in Mikumi National Park include lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, wildebeests, and various bird species.

Are there accommodation options available within Mikumi National Park?

Yes, there are accommodation options available within Mikumi National Park. Some examples include Camp Bastian Mikumi, Vuma Hills Tented Camp, Mikumi Wildlife Camp, and Genesis Motel.

What is the duration of a typical safari tour in Mikumi National Park?

The duration of a typical safari tour in Mikumi National Park can range from half-day tours lasting 4-5 hours to full-day tours lasting 8-10 hours. Multi-day tours are also available for those looking for a more extended experience.

What are some safety precautions to keep in mind during a safari in Mikumi National Park?

Stay in the vehicle at all times to avoid dangerous encounters with wild animals. Do not feed the animals to prevent aggressive behavior. Stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen and hats.