Mikumi National Park

The open horizon and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centre piece of Mikumi is almost the same as Serengeti Plains. Lions survey their grassy kingdom and zebra, wildbeest, impala and buffalo herds that migrate across it from the flattened tops of termite mounds or during the rain from perches high in the trees. Giraffes forage in the isolated acacia stands that fringe the Mkata river, islets of shade favoured also by Mikumi's elephants.

The Mkata Floodplain is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful eland the world's largest antelope. Hippos are the star attraction of the pair of pools situated 5km north of the main entrance gate supported by an ever-changing cast of waterbirds. Mikumi National Park is transected by the surfaced road between Dar es Salaam and Iringa. 283km (175 miles) west of Dar es Salaam. A surfaced road connects Mikumi to Dar es Salaam through Morogoro a roughly four hours drive. You can also charter flight from Dar es Salaam or Arusha.

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