Mikumi National Park is one of the most budget-friendly options to see large mammals in Africa. Nearby there are inexpensive and cozy camps (I even lived in one of them for 10 days), the area of the park is not large (half of the island of Bali) and it is quite possible to go around it in a day. The concentration of animals is quite high and much less dense thickets, which somewhat interfere with finding animals in Selous.
The content of the article
- one Mikumi National Park
- 2 Information to visit
- 3 How to get there
- four Where to live and eat
- five Map
Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park is located 7-8 hours from Dar es Salaam, which is close by Tanzanian standards. We visited this park in November 2020 – I did the author’s tour of the southern ring.
There are many open spaces in Mikumi, a kind of mini-Serengeti. And near the watering holes there are a lot of all kinds of living creatures.
In the dry season, the watering place is especially interesting. After all, as you know, without water, neither here nor there. Everyone wants to drink and preferably every day. Elephants generally need up to 200 liters of water a day!
We sat at the watering hole for about an hour. We saw a herd of blue wildebeests.
A posh male impala posing with elephants in the background.
Zebras – where is without them in Africa.
From interesting things I met common redunka (Redunca redunca).
It is also called a swamp goat for its love of flooded meadows and thickets near water bodies. Only males have horns, the height at the withers does not exceed 90 cm, and the weight is 65 kilograms. Usually much less, especially in females. The common redfish lives in Black Africa, but the range is strongly disrupted and the number of the species is stubbornly declining. Small – everyone offends him with impunity …
Of course, there were lions too.
Which national park does not have them?
Unfortunately, we have not seen the feature of Mikumi Park, the black antelope.
There are always many species of birds near the water in Africa. For example, gray heron (Ardea cinerea).
In Africa, she lives year-round, as in southern Asia.
White faced tree ducks (Dendrocygna viduata) and comb ducks (Sarkidionis melanotos) often form joint flocks.
Perhaps these are some of the most common ducks in Africa.
Another “banal” – piebald crow (Corvus albus).
I see him very often in Madagascar. And on the continent too.
In Mikumi National Park, I saw for the first time meadow tirkushka (Glareola pratincola).
This is a representative of Charadriiformes, somewhat similar to a swallow. Meadow tirkushka breeds in open areas near water in post-Soviet Central Asia, southern Europe and sporadically in Africa. Winters in the dry savannas of Africa.
Feed on meadow tirkushki large insects that are caught on the fly, usually at dawn or dusk. The size of the bird is 22-25 cm.
Lucky to see up close kaffir horned ravens (Bucorvus leadbeateri).
It was a group of females – they have a blue throat.
In the Serengeti we saw a male – his throat is red. We are lucky to watch kaffir horned ravens about ten minutes. They sought food for themselves: insects, frogs, reptiles, small mammals, fruits and seeds. In this case, there was a harvest of some seeds in the savannah.
Meet such a large and spectacular bird as kaffir horned raven always a pleasure!
In general, we definitely liked Mikumi National Park!
There is a high concentration of living creatures with a relatively small protected area. No wonder the most popular safari from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam for 3 days is in Mikumi.
Information to visit
Season: from June to December. It rains in December and May, but this is the best time for birdwatching.
Entrance ticket: $ 35.4 for an adult.
Infrastructure: toilets, camping sites, picnic sites, hotels.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Mikumi National Park is on a Tanzania tour. For example, our southern ring. Walking around the park is possible only at observation decks and picnic sites. So you need a car. There is another option to take a bus from Dar es Salaam to the hotel in Mikumi and look for a car there.
Where to live and eat
Inside the park there is a nice accommodation option from the national park (Mikumi Park Cottages & Resthouse), which costs $ 90 for a double without meals. There is a canteen nearby where you can eat for 10 thousand shillings.
Outside the park, there are a huge number of lodges, hotels and camps, and you can easily have an option for every taste. For example, Camp Bastian Mikumi.
I lived there in February 2020 in my tent for $ 20 a day, including full board. There are a bunch of accommodation options: stationary tents, rooms, cottages. Large green area and swimming pool. Very tasty and varied feeding – I didn’t get tired of it in 10 days. There is wi-fi and mobile Internet from Safarik catches passably. The only negative is that the rooms are quite small and need improvement. But the cottages are good! But in any case, the camp deserves a strong recommendation.
Camp bastian mikumi
For me, the most pleasant bonus was the large number of birds on the territory of the lodge.
Even banal white-browed redtail (Cossypha heuglini) pleased with a daily beautiful song.
At least a couple of these red-tails lived on the territory of the lodge, and I watched with pleasure the development of their relationship – the male had just begun to incline the female to debauchery and building a nest. Therefore, there were many songs, sex and attempts to start building a nest.
Camp Bastian’s real gem was blue astrild (Uraeginthus angolensis).
Mikumi Park is the northernmost point in the range of this species. He lives in the southeastern part of the continent and in Angola and Namibia. This small bird (12 cm) feeds on grass seeds and small insects.
Wavy astrild (Estrilda astrild).
The photo shows the female, and the male is more reddish. Despite its wide distribution in Black Africa, I saw it for the first time.
African paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis) Is also a very common bird in Black Africa.
Lives african paradise flycatcher in savannas and woodlands, it feeds on insects. Males of this species have several color morphs, one more beautiful than the other!
Golden-breasted oatmeal (Emberiza flaviventris) – an inhabitant of acacia woodlands in Black Africa. In addition to the seeds traditional for oatmeal, insects – termites, ants, orthopterans, small caterpillars and butterflies – occupy a large share in the diet of this species.
Monogamous, pairs often persist for several years. The nest is built by the female, and both parents feed the offspring of 2-4 chicks.
The bird is quite common and feed on the ground. In Camp Bastian, this is one of the most background views.
From insects met a barbel Ceroplesis militaris in the region of 30 mm.
And termites with powerful soldiers.
In general, sometimes the territory of a good lodge is no less interesting than in a national park!
Other accommodation options in Mikumi are worth noting:
The rest of the housing options are available at the link below:
Well, if you go with us along the southern circle, then you won’t have to bother with the choice of housing.