Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park lies on the northern border of Africa's biggest game reserve, the Selous. The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centerpiece of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains.
Here abound an abundance of wild game including Lion, Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Giraffe, Elephant and Buffalo. Criss-crossed by a good circuit of game-viewing roads, the Mkata Floodplain is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful Eland, the world’s largest antelope. The equally impressive Greater Kudu and Sable Antelope haunt the miombo-covered foothills of the mountains that rise from the park’s borders.
More than 400 bird species have been recorded, with such colorful common residents as the Lilac-breasted roller, Yellow-throated longclaw and Bateleur Eagle joined by a host of European migrants during the rainy season. Hippos are the star attraction of the pair of pools situated 5km north of the main entrance gate, supported by an ever-changing cast of water birds.