4 Days 3 Nights Mikumi Udzungwa National Park Road Safari

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4 Days 3 Nights Mikumi Udzungwa National Park Road Safari

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Mikumi National Park

This is a budget-friendly 4-day Tanzania road safari to Tanzania’s less-crowded Southern Game Parks in a 4×4 safari vehicle. Explore Mikumi National Park on a full-day wildlife safari crossing the open plains in search of Elephants, Buffalos, Zebras, Wildebeest, and even Lions, amongst other animals.

Then go hiking in the dense forests of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, a biodiversity hotspot hosting rare and endemic primate, bird, and plant species.

Beginning and ending in Dar es Salaam, the tour journeys to Mikumi National Park  located (in the Morogoro Region) south-central Tanzania, 283 km (175 miles) west of Dar es Salaam. After an exciting afternoon of wildlife viewing in Mikumi, we head to our lodge/ camp.

Accommodation options include Angalia Tented Camp, Asante Afrika Camp, Mikumi Adventure Lodge, Mikumi Bush Camp, Mikumi Wildlife Camp, and  Stanley Kopje Camp. 

On day two we get up bright and early for a full day of game viewing in Mikumi National Park. We spend the day exploring Mikumi in our 4×4 safari vehicle with a pop-up roof, spotting wildlife and taking photographs.

Mikumi is one of the largest game parks in Tanzania covering about 3 230 km² (1 247 mi²) of wilderness. Elephant, Buffalo, Zebra, and wildebeest are commonly sighted, along with various antelope species such as Impala, Kudu, Hartebeest, and Eland.

Other animals to keep an eye out for in Mikumi are Lion, Giraffe, Hippo, Hyena, Wild Dogs, Warthogs, Baboons, and more. Over 300 species of birds have also been recorded in Mikumi Park, making it an excellent birding destination.

The protected area consists largely of seasonal floodplains covered with grasslands that are similar to the savannahs of the Serengeti, dotted with thorn trees and baobabs. The park also features Miombo woodlands on its low hills, as well as swamp and riverine forest areas.

Mikumi borders on the massive Nyerere National Park to the south and Udzungwa Mountains National Park to the east forming part of a larger ecosystem.

On day three, we take a short drive to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. This lesser-known southern Tanzanian game park is a biodiversity hotspot hosting numerous endemic birds, plants, and primates. After settling in at our lodge bordering on the national park, we take a hike up to the Sanje Waterfalls.

This beautiful waterfall has three sections, falling 30m, 70m, and 170 meters. We walk through dense forests as much of the park features tropical and mountain forests along with some woodlands, grasslands, and steppe habitats. Udzungwa hosts over 400 bird species so keep your eyes open twitchers.

We may also see primates including baboons, vervet monkeys, and rare species such as the endemic the Iringa red colobus and Sanje Crested Mangabey. Then there are endemic amphibians, reptiles, and butterflies that we may spot too. There are also about 2500 plant species in the 1990 km² (770 mi²) Udzungwa Mountains National Park with a quarter of these being endemic species.

After our walk in the lush mountains, we head to our lodge/ camp. Accommodation options include Hondo Hondo Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp, Udzungwa Falls Lodge, Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp, and Udgzungwa Mountain View Camp.

On day four we have breakfast and head out on a morning walk in the diverse forest. Later we return to coastal Dar es Salaam where our African adventure began.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Drive to Mikumi National Park
Day 2: Explore Mikumi National Park
Day 3: Mikumi National Park – Drive to Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Day 4: Udzungwa Mountains National Park – Drive to Dar es Salaam

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park

Our destination today after breakfast in our hotel at Dar es Salaam is Mikumi National Park. Mikumi National Park is located south of Dar es Salaam right on the main Morogoro-Iringa Highway with an approximate travel time of 4½ hours.

The word Mikumi comes after a local word for Borassus palm trees referred to as Miku. The wildlife viewing experience at Mikumi National Park can be experienced right upon entering the park where guests can encounter Baboons, Zebras, and Impalas speedily crossing the road.

Other animals include Lion, Eland, Hartebeest, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Giraffe, and Elephants. Wild dog can be seen in packs here.

Overnight Accommodation: Vuma Hills Tented Camp or Similar
Meal Plan {Lunch and Dinner}

Day 2: Explore Mikumi National Park

Today we enjoy a game drive to the secluded heart of Mikumi National Park. With 3,230 square kilometers of coverage, Mikumi National Park is well-known for its population of Elephants, Giraffes Buffaloes, Zebras, Elands, greater Kudu, Wildebeest, Roan, and sable Antelope. Predators include tree-climbing lions (which are in large number), Leopards, wild hunting dogs and black-backed jackal.

More than 400 species of birds have been recorded here including Eurasian migrants such as red-billed oxpecker, marabou stork, and lilac-breasted roller, which stays between October and April.

There are more interesting bird species in the Miombo woodland, for example, Shelley’s double collared sunbird, pale billed hornbill, and violet-crested Turaco as well as Violet-backed starling.

The surrounding mountain and hills bring compelling natural beauty in addition to superb light, make it a wonderful venue for wildlife photographers. It is common to see elephants, lions and sometimes giraffes on/ along the Tanzania-Zambia highway, especially in the evening or night. Nowadays leopards are commonly seen.

Overnight Accommodation: Vuma Hills Tented Camp or Similar
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner}

Day 3: Mikumi National Park – Udzungwa Mountains National Park

We awaken to the sounds of Africa and begin our day with an early morning game drive in Mikumi then return to the camp for an English breakfast. Mikumi’s vegetation includes woodland, swamp, and grassland with two water holes, Mkata and Chamgore.

Apart from the saddle-bill stork, hammerkop, and malachite kingfisher, you will also find a monitor lizard and a deadly python inhabiting the pools. After breakfast, we depart by road to Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

Udzungwa main physical features include rolling hills, dissected plateau, waterfalls, and an undulating upland blanketed by a thick rain forest which colors the area with ethereal beauty.

A variety of animal species can be found here, including water Buffalo, Elephants, Leopards, and full of reptiles such as chameleon and snakes.

Other animals include rare primates red colobus, Sanje crested mangabey monkeys, black and yellow baboon, which live on slopes of the mountain all sharing the same habitation. Udzungwa National Park is now one of the top ten forests for bird conservation in Africa.

Overnight Accommodation: Udzungwa Mountains View Lodge or Similar
Meal Plan
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 4: Udzungwa Mountains National Park – Dar es Salaam

After breakfast, take trekking that leads to the spectacular trail up to Sanje waterfalls. From here you will have a view of Kilombero Valley 180 meters. Back to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon drive back to Dar es Salaam.

Meal Plan {Breakfast}

4 Days 3 Nights Mikumi Udzungwa National Park Road Safari Prices

4 Days 3 Nights Mikumi Udzungwa National Park Road Safari Prices Include:

Extensive game drives during the tour + Services of armed Mountain rangers + Driver/ tour guide experienced in game spotting + All park entry fees for clients, driver cum guide and vehicle + Exclusive transport in a 4WD Land cruiser with a game viewing roof hatch + All park entry fees, airstrip transfers, VAT, state levies, service charge and hotel taxes & Accommodation as specified in the itinerary on full board (3 meals a day) in the lodges

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4 Days 3 Nights Mikumi Udzungwa National Park Road Safari Prices Exclude:

* International flight tickets and visa costs
* All gratuities except to driver-guides, game rangers, escort, and lodge, hotel, camp or bar staff
* Dar es Salaam hotel accommodation, additional activities or sightseeing NOT included in the itinerary
* Personal expenses such laundry, flying doctor service, travelers insurance; communication charges, visas, international airfares; drinks and excursions

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