Le parc national de Mikumi promet une aventure de safari unique au cœur d’un territoire sauvage et peu fréquenté au sud de la Tanzanie. Une beauté naturelle et une faune abondante qui lui valent d’être comparé au célèbre parc national du Serengeti dans le nord du pays.

Discover the exceptional wildlife of Mikumi

An authentic and intimate approach to Tanzanian wildlife awaits you in Mikumi National Park! This wildlife sanctuary in the south of the country is very popular with adventure-seeking travellers. Away from the beaten track, Mikumi National Park is home to a large population of wild animals in an unspoilt, little-visited setting. Antelopes, zebras, elephants, giraffes and buffalo populate the vast open plains of Mikumi during the dry season. It’s a sight not unlike the one you can see in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. Mikumi National Park is home to over 30 species of mammal and more than 400 species of bird, including the long-spined roller, the yellow-throated sentinel and the bateleur eagle. The park’s plains are ideal for wildlife observation. An adventure safari in Mikumi National Park will give you the chance to discover the famous Big Five. This reserve offers a different approach to the savannah, where lions, leopards and hyenas roam freely and you can experience the sights and sounds of Africa away from the crowds. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some tree-climbing lions! The waterholes are the best places to see the crocodiles, hippos and migratory birds that inhabit the park. If you’re looking to get off the beaten track, Mikumi National Park is the place to be.

Breathtaking scenery in Mikumi National Park

Located in southern Tanzania, Mikumi National Park borders the famous Selous Nature Reserve. Surrounded by mountains, the vast open plains of Mikumi form a unique ecosystem often compared to that of Serengeti National Park. The natural landscapes offered by this wildlife sanctuary are simply sublime. The wild and unspoilt nature of this impressive place brings back the true spirit of the Tanzanian safari. The vegetation so characteristic of the Tanzanian bush, the wild expanses bordered by mountains and the high concentration of animals offer exceptional panoramas.

Local and cultural experiences around Mikumi

Immerse yourself in the local culture as you venture into the traditional villages that lie close to Mikumi National Park. You’ll discover the ancestral customs of the Massai tribes, local handicrafts, traditional dances and typical Tanzanian dishes. Authentic encounters, unforgettable moments of sharing and exchanges that will leave you with unforgettable memories await you in Tanzania.

Luxury accommodation and camps in Mikumi

Mikumi National Park offers an intimate discovery of the unspoilt landscapes of southern Tanzania. The accommodation available is in keeping with the park’s wild aspect, and you’ll discover simple, discreet lodgings for complete immersion.

Guest rooms

Staying in a guest house during a safari in Mikumi National Park is certainly the best way to live like a local. These small, rustic houses offer basic comforts, but guarantee an authentic experience.


There are 4 different campsites in the heart of Mikumi National Park. These public campsites have basic facilities: toilet, shower, kitchen, dining area and access to running water. They are ideal for a low-cost safari experience, while retaining the “adventure” dimension of a trip to Tanzania.

Tented camps

The canvas camp is the emblematic safari accommodation in Tanzania. These well-equipped semi-rigid canvas tents provide a degree of comfort without detracting from the authenticity and charm of this accommodation set in the heart of the savannah. There are 3 tented camps in Mikumi National Park: Vuma Hill Tented Lodge, Fox Safari Camp and Mikumi Wildlife Camp.


Lodges are synonymous with comfort, top-of-the-range services and relaxation in the midst of the Tanzanian wilderness. These “solid” accommodations built in Mikumi National Park guarantee the same services as a hotel.

Outdoor activities and adventures in Mikumi

Mikumi National Park can be explored in a variety of ways, with different safari experiences on offer within this magnificent protected reserve:

Guided and personalised safaris in Mikumi

Looking for a safari in Mikumi National Park? Off Road can help you organise your dream trip to Tanzania. With a fully personalised itinerary, authentic accommodation with every comfort, a private driver, a passionate local guide and assistance, you’ll enjoy a unique adventure in complete safety! Take advantage of our local agency’s expertise to design a tailor-made safari to suit your budget and your desires. Would you like to continue your trip on the beaches of Zanzibar? It’s possible! We’ll do everything we can to bring your plans to life.

The best time to visit Mikumi National Park

When is the best time to visit Mikumi National Park? The best time to see the animals is during the dry season, from June to September. Due to the high temperatures, the waterholes dry up and the animals gather around the remaining springs. This makes them easier to find and observe on safari. The park remains accessible during the rainy season, but regular downpours make wildlife watching more difficult.

Protecting Mikumi’s environment and heritage

Mikimu National Park is a major wildlife conservation area, playing an important role in the protection and conservation of Tanzania’s emblematic species. The entrance fee to the park helps to finance the actions needed to preserve this fragile natural environment. Mikumi National Park also serves as a teaching centre for students of ecology and conservation.

Preparing and organising your safari in Mikumi

A trip to Tanzania that includes a safari in Mikumi National Park requires a certain amount of preparation. Find out all our tips for your next adventure in the south of the country.

How do I get to Mikumi National Park?

How long should I stay in Mikumi?

The ideal length of stay in Mikumi National Park is 2 days. A 2-day safari will enable you to see a large number of wild animals and discover different facets of the park. Take advantage of your time in southern Tanzania to explore the Selous, Ruaha and Udzungwa parks. These destinations are teeming with majestic wild animals such as elephants, chimpanzees and black rhinos.

Prices and regulations

To enter Tanzania’s Mikumi National Park, you need to pay an entrance fee. Prices vary according to age, but are still affordable on a small budget:

Inside the park, be sure to observe the rules that apply to all safaris in Tanzania:

The history and creation of Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park was created in 1964 with the aim of preserving its rich natural heritage. The protection and conservation of flora and fauna are major issues in Tanzania. The creation of protected reserves was therefore essential. With a surface area of 3,230 km² and 200 km of accessible trails, Mikumi National Park is the3rd largest national park in Tanzania. The safari zone is concentrated in the north of the reserve.

Why go to Mikumi National Park?

Mikumi is Tanzania’s 3rd largest national park, covering an area of 3,230 km2. It is around 300km from Dar es Salaam, making it popular with locals for day trips and weekend getaways.

Its border with the Selous Reserve means that the park is home to the famous tree-climbing lions! If you’re looking to get off the beaten track, Mikumi National Park is the place to be. It has all the scenery of the Serengeti, only much smaller and cheaper.

Safari in Mikumi Park

For a unique experience, head off into the wilds of Mikumi National Park. This is a place where lions, leopards and hyenas roam freely and where you can experience the sights and sounds of Africa without the crowds.

The park is the ideal destination for a safari ! It is home to a wide variety of animals, including the Big Five. It is also a biodiversity hotspot, with over 30 species of mammal, 20 species of butterfly and more than 1,200 plants. A word of advice: don’t miss seeing the hippos living in the mud pools just 5 km north of one of the entrances!

A great place for wildlife watching is the Mkata plain! This is a place where you can see lions, gazelles, zebras and wildebeest playing, as well as eland, greater kudu and sable antelope. Near the water’s edge you’ll find crocodiles, hippos and many migratory birds.

Paradise awaits you. Fly away to an idyllic setting to discover over 400 species of birds, including the long-spined roller, the yellow-throated sentinel and the bateleur eagle. You can also discover the customs of the Maasai tribe. Go on adventures in the villages close to the park, enjoy the cuisine and experience the morning rituals.

Travelling in southern Tanzania

We recommend that you stay 2 to 4 days in Mikumi so that you can see as many animals as possible and make the most of your trip.

Visits to Mikumi National Park are commonly combined with a trip to Selous, Ruaha and Udzungwa Parks or an excursion to Zanzibar. These destinations are teeming with majestic wild animals such as elephants, but also chimpanzees and black rhinos.

How do I get to Mikumi National Park?

If you are travelling from the Tanzanian capital Dar Es Salaam, the journey will take around 4 hours.

If you are travelling from Undzungwa Park, the journey takes just 1? to 2 hours.

On the other hand, if you decide to leave from Arusha, it is advisable for adventurers, as a 10-hour drive is required to reach the park.

When is the best time to visit Mikumi National Park?

The best time to visit Mikumi National Park is during the dry season, i.e. between June and September. When the waterholes dry up, the animals gather around those that remain, making it an absolutely perfect time for a safari.

Where to stay?

As far as accommodation is concerned, the park offers different types of accommodation: campsites, tented camps or lodges. Our advisers will find you the accommodation that best meets your expectations: contact them!

Prices and regulations

Mikumi Park prices

To enter Mikumi National Park in Tanzania, visitors must buy an entry ticket. Prices vary according to age:

  • 30/day for adults
  • 15 per day for children aged between 5 and 18
  • Admission for children under 5 is free

Park regulations

Inside the park, you will have to respect the rules common to all safaris in Tanzania: keep your distance from the animals, pick up your rubbish, make sure you don’t throw anything away…

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