Mikumi National Park

The Mikumi National Park is located near Morogoro, Tanzania. The park was established in 1964 and is the fourth largest in the country. The Mikumi is bordered to the south with the Selous Game Reserve and the two areas form a unique ecosystem. The landscape of Mikumi is often compared to that of the Serengeti. The road that crosses the park divides it into two areas with partially distinct environments. The area northwest is characterized by the alluvial plain of the river basin Mkata; the southeast part of the park is less rich in wildlife, and not very accessible.

The park contains a subspecies of giraffe that biologists consider the link between the Masai giraffe and the Somali giraffe. Other animals in the park are elephants, zebras, gnu, impales, eland, black baboons, wildebeests and buffalos. There are two artificial pools inhabited by hippos. More than 400 different species of birds also inhabit the park and, according to local guides at Mikumi, chances of seeing a lion that climbs a tree trunk are better here than in Manyara (which is famous for being one of the few places where the lions exhibit this behavior).

Covered 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.

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