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Mikumi National Park Overview
Mikumi National Park is located north of the Selous Reserve, less than 300 km from Dar es Salaam. Because of its accessibility it is one of the most popular parks in Tanzania and is an important centre for education where students go to study ecology and conservation. The Mikumi flood plain, with its open grasslands, dominates the park together with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides. A wide range of wildlife inhabits its 3,230 sq km area. Lions are commonly seen as well as packs of wild dogs, rare elsewhere in Africa. Elephants may be encountered and other animals frequently observed are buffalo, civet, eland, giraffe, impala, kudu, reedbuck, warthog, waterbuck, wildebeest, zebra and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest.
Ruaha National Park Overview
Ruaha National Park covers the size of about 20,226 square kilometres (7,809 sq mi), making it the largest park in Tanzania and East Africa. It is located in the middle of Tanzania about 130 kilometres from Iringa. The park is part of a more extensive ecosystem, which includes Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve, and several other protected areas. The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its South-Eastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. The park can be reached by car via Iringa and there is an airstrip at Msembe, park headquarters.
The park is one of the Tanzania birds’ paradise with more than 571 species and some of them are known to be migrants from within and outside Africa.
Ruaha is believed to have high concentration of elephants than any National Park in East Africa. It is also a place where, magnificent mammals like Kudu, Sable and Roan antelopes can easily be spotted in Miombo woodland. The park is also a habitat for endangered wild dogs. Other animals in the park include lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, elands, impala, bat eared foxes and Jackals.
Apart from large animals, the park also harbors a number of reptiles and amphibians such as crocodiles, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, monitor lizards, agama lizards and frogs!
Early morning transfer from Dar to Bestian camp (Mikumi NP). Your drive will take around 5 hrs (300 km). Check in and then drive into the park for your afternoon game drive; dinner & overnight at Bastian Camp, FB
Depart early just after breakfast to enjoy morning game drive experience in the park, return to our camp/ hotel for hot lunch before departing for our drive heading to Ruaha Hilltop Lodge which is located just few kilometer to the park gate for dinner and overnight; FB
Full day spent on game drive in the Ruaha National Park (enjoying packed lunch box in the park), later transfer back to our Lodge for dinner and overnight, FB
We begin our day with a walking Safari to experience wildlife and nature accompanied by an armed ranger, drive back to our Lodge for breakfast and then drive out for game drive to explore this magnificent park; later transfer back to our Lodge for dinner and overnight, FB
Leave just after breakfast for our long drive back to Dar (around 560 km/ 9 hrs)