BEST TIME TO VISIT MIKUMI FOR A SOUTHERN TANZANIA SAFARI
The wet season will see the acceleration of the calving season as the rains renews the vegetation. Some ungulates like duiker and impala attend their new-born foals some distance from the main herds, making them difficult to find, but photo shoot opportunities are frequently most endearing.
In the wet, from November to May, East African game driving tours in Mikumi are often impeded soft black cotton soil, especially on the Mkata flood plains, but this is the best possible time for birding. There is usually some cloud cover, making for excellent photography in between sunlight, and rain falls but not every single day.
The breeding season begins with the rut in between March and May, when lyre-horned impala can be seen wrestling, heads down and horns locked, for the favors of a harem of gentle does. Resident birds such as widowbirds and bishops assume their striking breeding plumage whilst migratory birds such as the European stork travel to Africa from cooler countries. Flocks of thousands of pink-hued queleas and rare cuckoo weaver can be seen near the dams.
Grassland tussocks hide the nests of longclaws, with their pretty, pastel-tinted eggs, and African marsh harriers are relatively common. In the miombo woodland, the goshawks have been seen while many raptors, such as cuckoo hawks and snake eagles hunt the southern hills. Stanley’s Kopje closes completely in the wet but Vuma Hills is open all year round.
The temperature does not vary greatly so close to the equator, but high humidity can encourage tsetse fly although high temperatures deter them. To be on the safe side, avoid wearing dark blue, dark brown and black garments that attract them like animal hides. An interesting theory about zebra stripes is that they confuse the flies as it disrupts the preferred solid color uniformity enabling this single representative of the horse family to be found commonly on photographic safaris.
In low season, April and May, when it is wettest, the park is still relatively accessible. Since there is very limited accommodation available in this season, and bird-watchers are keen to visit, there is minimal room price differential and no change in logistical costs. The high season in Mikumi is from June to October, but one could never call it crowded. Most tourists stick to the central plain, leaving the rugged southern terrain to more adventurous souls.
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WHERE TO STAY IN MIKUMI
In Mikumi, there are no true luxury African safari accommodations. Stanley's Kopje offers a traditional ethnic ambience created by design and complemented by its authentic wilderness atmosphere.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN MIKUMI
At Mikumi, game is more varied, but not as densely congregated as it is in the Serengeti. The central Mkata floodplain has herds of elephants, buffalos, impalas and zebras congregating during the day.
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GUIDE ON MIKUMI PARK
Although Mikumi National Park, part of the northern Selous ecosystem, is one of the oldest and fourth largest in Tanzania, it has not become a focus of mass wildlife tourism, despite its ease of access.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR MIKUMI IN SOUTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Mikumi National Park, we recommend combining it with offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale.
You may optionally extend out to Northern Tanzania safari parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
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