Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park             
Forming the northern borders of Africa's biggest game reserve - the vast Selous - Mikumi is one of the most populare of Tanzania's national parks, the most accessible part of a 75,000 sq km 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 favourite haunt of the lion, some times perching high in the trees to keep their feets dry from the sticky black mud of the wet season. Observation towers above the treeline allow panramic 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  than 300 species as European migrants seek refuge in Mikumi, joining resident stars like the lilac-breasted roller.
Mikumi's road network provides visitors with easy game viewing drives and there are hippo, zebra, giraffe, heartebeest and wildebeest in abundance. The park is accessible all year round.

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