Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park lies alongside the Northern border of Africa’s biggest Game Reserve – the Selous Game Reserve– forming a unique ecosystem. The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the fashionable centrepiece of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains.
Lions survey their grassy kingdom and the Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala and Buffalo herds that migrate across it from the flattened tops of termite mounds, or sometimes, during the rains, from perches high the trees. Giraffes forage in the isolated acacia stands that fringe the Mkata River, islets of shade also favoured by Elephants.
More than 400 bird species recorded, the lilac-breasted rollers, yellow-throated longclaws and bateleur eagles joined by a host of European migrants during the rainy season.
Why Visit Mikumi:
- Spectacular concertation of mammals that are essential to the plains of Africa
- Superbly scenic plains
- Easy access from Dar es Salaam
- The popular park mostly day visit
What to Do:
- Wildlife safaris
- Walking safaris
- Bird watching
- Camping safaris
- Charter flight
- Drive from Dar es Salaam
Best Time to Visit:
- Accessible all year round.
Vuma Hills Tented Camp
Vuma Hills Tented Camp is perched above the trees stretching over the seemingly endless wilderness south west of Mikumi National Park, Vuma is a cool retreat from the heat of a day’s game drive.
The sixteen tents are comfortably furnished, so sleeping under canvas at Vuma is a far cry from the discomfort usually associated with camps. Complete with shaded wooden veranda at the front and en suite bathroom facilities at the back there is not much more to be asked for.
Stanley’s Kopje perches high on a rocky kopje, enjoying fine 360 degree views over the surrounding Mikumi wilderness, whilst the 12 tents are spaced around the lower perimeter of the hill, with stunning views across the plains.
The tents are pitched on high wooden platforms with traditionally built thatched roofs which provide shade from the sun while you sit on your veranda and enjoy the game around the camp.