Mikumi National Park is the fourth largest park in Tanzania covering an area of 3230 sq.km. and forms part of a much larger ecosystem centre on the vast Selous Game Reserve. It is the closest park to Dar es Salaam at approximately 294 km and situated along the northern border of the Selous and bordered by TAZARA (Tanzania Zambia) railway line in the south.
The main features of the park is the extensive Mkatu floodplain, along with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides. Open grasslands scattered among acacia trees dominate the floodplain and eventually merging with miombo woodland covering the lower hills. The park is rich in wildlife as it benefits from a high game density and supports a wide range of large mammals including elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, giraffe, antelope, zebra and buffalo. The powerful eland (largest antelope in the world) can reliably be sighted on the Mkata floodplains and the greater kudu and sable antelope can be found in the miombo woodlands. There are also reptiles and over 400 species of bird which include the colourful bateleur eagle, yellow-throated longclaw and lilac-breasted roller. During the rainy season sees the arrival of a host of Eurasian migrants.
The park is accessible all year round.
A good surfaced road connects Mikumi to Dar es Salaam via Morogoro, approximately 4 hours drive, in addition to road connections to Udzungwa, Ruaha and (dry season only) Selous. There are charter flights from Dar es Salaam, Arusha or Selous. Local buses run from Dar es Salaam along the (A7/A17) Dar es Salaam to Mbeya highway to the park HQ where game drives can be arranged.