Mikumi National park covers 3237 sq km and sits astride the main Dar es salaam to Mbeya highway, about 300 km from Dar es salaam. Not many budget travellers seem to visit this park, probably because of the lack of enough information about the park compared to other parks like Serengeti and Ngorongoro, but there is a lot of wildlife to be seen. Elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, zebra, impala, wildebeest and warthogs can be viewed at any time of year.
One of the principal features of Mikumi is the Mkata River flood plain, an area of lush vegetation which particularly attracts elephants and buffaloes. Hippos can also be seen at Hippo Pools, about five km from the park entrance gate.
Mikumi is often visited as a weekend outing from Dar es Salaam (with an overnight stay on Saturday night) – Shizi safari can arrange a trip for you from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar where you can use a local domestic flight as well.