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Mikumi National Park

Forming the northern borders of Africa's biggest game reserve the vast Selous - Mikumi is one of the most popular of Tanzania's National Parks, the most accessible part of a 75,000 km (47,000 Mile) wilderness that stretches almost to the shores of the Indian Ocean. The main feature of the park is the Mikumi flood plain, along with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides.

Open grasslands dominate the flood plain, eventually merging with the Miombo woodland covering the lower hills. The woodland is the favorite haunt of the lion, sometimes perching high in the trees to keep their feet dry from the sticky black mad of the wet season. Observation towers above the tree line allow panoramic views of the plain laid out below, home to formidable herds of buffalo.

Mikumi's elephants are more compact than those in the rest of the country, but still a formidable sight when viewed close up. The rains swell the park's population of birds to more that 300 species as European migrants see refuge in Mikumi, joining resident stars like the lilac-breasted roller.

Mikumi's road network provides visitors with easy game viewing drives, with hippo, zebra, giraffe, hartebeest and wildebeest abounding. The park is accessible all year around. < Back<

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