Tanzania is, undoubtedly, one of the best places in the world for an African Safari Holiday. The Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti Plains, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Park are all right next door to each other, and so the concentration of wildlife is rich, and action-packed game drives are virtually guaranteed. But safari’s like this come with a price tag.
Don’t get me wrong, they are worth every penny, and I have yet to meet anyone who didn’t describe their Serengeti Safari as the trip of their lifetime, but if you are unable to stretch your budget to accommodate a safari in Tanzania’s largest National Park, you’ll be pleased to know that you can still enjoy an authentic safari experience in the 4th largest National Park – namely, Mikumi.
Mikumi National Park is situated a +/- 4-hour drive from Dar Es Salaam. Sharing its borders with the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site homing over 2,000 species of flora and fauna, it covers an area of approximately 3,230km², and forms part of the Selous eco-system.
The beauty of a safari in Mikumi National Park, is that you can do it in just 2-days if you are short on time. Here is a sample itinerary for a short 2-Day Mikumi Safari:
Day 1: Depart Dar es Salaam early morning. Arrive at the NP and begin your safari experience immediately with a game drive in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. Dinner and overnight in a lodge.
Day 2: Wake up early for a sunrise game drive in Mikumi National Park, before taking a leisurely drive back to the city.
Fully escorted by an experienced Tanzanian guide, these short safaris will give you a glimpse of what Africa has to offer, and while two days is incredibly short, it tags on perfectly to a Kilimanjaro Expedition or Zanzibar Beach holiday.
Tanzania is literally bursting with wildlife, and by heading south, you can take the safari you’ve always dreamed of…