Dar es Salaam 1 Day Tours - Mikumi National Park Safari
Dar es Salaam 1 Day Tours Mikumi National Park Safari is a day tour that takes you on an unusual journey south from Dar-es-salaam to Mikumi National Park offering a budget-friendly wildlife experience away from the crowds. This affordable full-day Mikumi safari tour takes you on a Big 5 safari to the closest Big 5 game reserve from Dar-es-salaam. Your safari day tour includes transfers from Dar-es-salaam to Mikumi National Park and back, 4×4 game drives, as well as breakfast and lunch in Mikumi Mikumi National Park.
Departing from Dar es Salaam we drive to Mikumi National Park on Tanzania’s Southern Safari Circuit. Mikumi National Park encompasses about 3 230 km² (1 247 mi²) of the Morogoro Region, forming part of the broader Selous Ecosystem. Mikumi is a four-hour drive away from Dar es Salaam (approximately 302 km). Arriving at Mikumi Park we check-in and embarking on our exciting game drive in the untamed bush. Game drives are usually conducted on the open grasslands of the Mkata Plains which attract a variety of grazers and predators. The grasslands of Mikumi resemble the open savannahs of the Serengeti Plains dotted with acacias and baobab trees. In between the game drive in the park, we pause for lunch before continuing on a thrilling game drive. Late afternoon we depart for Dar es Salaam making our way back to where our memorable adventure began.
On our wildlife safari in Mikumi, we are likely to spot elephants, buffalos, wildebeests, zebras, warthogs, and an assortment of antelopes roaming around. Predators found here include wild dogs, lions, jackals, hyenas, and even leopards. We may also see giraffes, hippos, baboons, and vervet monkeys. Mikumi is also one of Tanzania’s important birding areas, with over 400 species recorded here. Species include Boehm’s bee-eater, lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated longclaw, Dickinson’s kestrel, straw-tailed whydah, Bateleur eagle, superb starling, and African fish eagle.
Dar es Salaam 1 Day Tours Mikumi National Park Safari is a short tour from Dar es Salaam to Tanzania’s “Southern Circuit” Mikumi National Park. Mikumi National Park is located in south-central Tanzania, 283 km (175 miles) west of Dar es Salaam. The park hosts small and large mammals including a variety of bird species and reptiles.
Our 1 Day Tour to Mikumi National Park takes you to Tanzania’s fourth largest national park, covering an area of 3,230 km² (1,250 miles²). It borders Africa’s biggest game reserve – the Selous Game Reserve and is well-known for its boundless opportunities to spot the famous African Big Five – Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, and of course Lion.
Accompanied by a qualified and knowledgeable guide, we embark on 4×4 game drives in Mikumi, going in search of the abundant wildlife and birds found here. Three of the big five can be regularly sighted within the Mikumi borders: lion, elephant, and buffalo, many of which have characteristics specific to this area.
Mikumi lions are famous for exhibiting the rare behavior of climbing on trees, and there is the unusual phenomenon of ‘midget elephants’, which are smaller than the normal African elephants and have less distinct tusks. Mikumi is also popular for sightings of the world’s largest antelope – the eland.
A subspecies of giraffe, that has been classified as a link between the Masai giraffe and the Reticulated or Somali giraffe, can be found grazing among the savannah’s baobabs, tamarinds, acacias, and rare palms. In the north of the park, hippopotami inhabit the two artificial ponds and are joined by an array of water birds.
On the open grasslands of the Mkata Plains, we are likely to see numerous herbivores including wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, and eland (Africa’s largest antelope), amongst other antelopes. Elephants are also commonly sighted in Mikumi. We may be lucky enough to see lions and even leopards or wild dogs. Other carnivores found here include jackals, hyenas, and crocodiles.
Mikumi National Park is popular with bird watchers, as it provides living and breeding space for over 400 species of birds, including European migrating birds using it as their winter residence.
Bird sightings include yellow-throated long claws, bateleur and African fish eagles, black-bellied bustards, lilac-breasted rollers, marabou storks, oxpeckers, straw-tailed whydahs, and Boehm’s bee-eaters.
Dar es salaam 1 Day Tours Mikumi National Park Itinerary
0500 Hours: Depart Dar es salaam by road after an early morning cup of tea/ coffee or hot chocolate. The drive takes about 5 hours (280 km) from Dar es Salaam. Once at Morogoro town you will enjoy breakfast(at an extra fee) and proceed on to Mikumi National Park.
1030 Hours: Arrive at the Park and proceed on a Game Drive. Animals to be seen include baboon, monkey, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, eland, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, waterbuck, hartebeest, etc. Tree-climbing Lions (rarely) can be spotted here as well as giraffes, elands, hartebeests, Impalas, leopards, warthogs, wildebeests, and African wild-dogs!
The park is an excellent birding destination with over 400 species. The landscape of the park is defined by baobab, acacias, tamarinds, and some rare palm trees.
1230 Hours: Lunch at Mikumi Wildlife Camp. Right after lunch plus a little rest, continue for an afternoon of game drive within Mikumi National Park. You will be able to have 3 to 4 Hours of Game Drive around the Park. Mikumi National Park is about 280 km west of Dar es salaam.
1530 Hours: Depart Mikumi by road back to Dar-es-Salaam with a stopover in Chalinze Town for the washroom.
2000 Hours: Drop you off at your residence or hotel in Dar es Salaam.
Dar es salaam 1 Day Tours Mikumi National Park Prices
Mikumi National Park 1-Day Tour Rates Includes:
Lunch + Mineral water during tour + All entry fees, guide fees, service charges, and taxes + Services of our English-speaking professional Driver Guide + Safari transport vehicle while on game drives (4×4 Land-Cruiser) & Pickup from your hotel/ residence in Dar es salaam city and drop-off to your hotel/ residence after the safari
|Price Per Person
|Children Aged 3 to 11 Years
|1st January 2024
|31st December 2024
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* The tour departs from Dar es Salaam or Morogoro town in Tanzania
Mikumi National Park 1-Day Tour Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Flying Doctor Services
* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)