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MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK-UDZUNGWA EXCLUSIVE 3 Days

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Description

Mikumi National Park-Udzungwa Itinerary:

Day 1: 

Be picked up for Mikumi national park Safari at exactly 5am for a 6hrs-7hrs drive to Mikumi National Park. Hot Breakfast on the way. On Arrival, check in at the park and start your evening game drive till 6pm.Lunch break will be at the Park restaurant. At 6pm check out of the Park and head to the CAMP BASTIAN MIKUMI COTTAGES for Accommodation check in.

Day 2:

Early morning 6am breakfast at the camp. At 6:30am, drive to the Udzungwa mountains National Park head office for about 1hr 30 minutes for check in to start your full Day Sanje circuit trail hike to the Sanje waterfall. After the hike, drive back the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 3:

Early morning 6am breakfast at the camp. At 6:30am, drive to the Mikumi National Park entry gate for check in to start your Morning Game drive till 11am then after start check out of Mikumi national park and start driving back to Dar es salaam. You will be dropped at the hotel or Airport.

Cost Inclusive:

  1. Safari cruiser 4X4
  2. Accommodation fallboard at Camp Bastian Mikumi cottages
  3. Guide fees
  4. Park fees
  5. Drinking water during game drives
  6. Insurance while on the vehicle
  7. Government taxes

Cost Exclusive:

  • Items of personal nature e.g., toiletries, cigarette and, alcohol
  • Travel visa
  • medical insurance cover
  • Accommodation before & After Safari
  • Guide Tip, recommended $20
  • Company Development Support, Recommended $30

About Udzungwa Mountains National Park:

Udzungwa Mountains National Park was established in 1992 and officially opened by the former President and founder of WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The word “Udzungwa” comes from the word “Wadsungwa” referring to one of the native sub tribes of the “Hehe” people who once lived in the slopes of the mountains.

The park covers an area of 1990km2 where geographically, 20% of the total area lies in Morogoro region while the remaining 80% being in the southern highland region of Iringa.

How To Get There

By road network from Dar es Salaam (380km) as well as Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya. There are two airstrips Msolwa and Kilombero which can be used by tourist through air transport before they connect using hired vehicles to the park’s main gate.

 NOTE: Transport arrangements must be made with the bus companies, tour operators and air travelling agents for those who use charter/air transport through provided timetables for dates and times of both departure and arrival for park visit.

Best Time for Park Visit

Dry season (June – September) and wet season (November – March) when wild flowers are flourishing and plentiful of butterflies. For bird watchers, December – February is their best time as most migratory birds are nesting in the park.

Park Attractions

These are places of interest inside the park, where tourists can visit, typically for its inherent or exhibited natural or cultural value, historical significance, natural or built beauty, offering leisure, adventure and amusement.

Waterfalls

The park has a lot of natural water falls as river streams are flowing producing the fascinating sounds in the heavy forest.

Natural trails for hiking

The Park offers chance to go summit to highest peaks of Luhomero and Mwanihana. The activity can best be carried out throughout the year, but dry season is the most convenient time for most mountain climbers.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptiles and Amphibians with the endemic Udzungwa lizards (Cnemaspis Udzungwae) and Phrynobatrachus Udzungwensis together with endemic chameleon (Bearded pygmy chameleon).

Tropical Rain forest

Tropical Rainforest with 2500 different plant species including three endemic plants and 160 plant species of medicinal value.

Sanje Crested Mangabey and Iringa Red Colobus Monkeys

Eleven primate species with two being endemic (Sanje Crested Mangabey and Iringa Red Colobus Monkeys).

Tourism Activities

The park has various tourism activities that visitors can do during their stay. These activities includes; Mountain Climbing to the highest Peaks of Mwanihana (2500m amsl) and Luhomero (2576m amsl), Bird Watching, Swimming, Nature Walks on the Forest and Waterfalls, Picnicking, Filming, Cycling (Organized by the Park and carried outside the Park), Camping and Cultural Tourism.

Mountain Climbing

Mountain climbing – Offers chance to go summit to highest peaks of Luhomero and Mwanihana. The activity can best be carried out throughout the year, but dry season is the most convenient time for most mountain climbers.

Bird watching

Bird Watching – Done along all trails, roads and entire forest where most bird species (native and migratory) depending on seasonal variations, availability of food and materials for nesting can be seen. The endemic Udzungwa Forest Partridge and Rufous Winged Sunbird can be seen through specific details of their location and behavior provided by the park guides.

Photographing and Filming

It is also the most recreational activity that can be done throughout the year, the best quality photos and films require a silent and calm environment (out of human activities if it is all about nature) thence in all cases, the activities are recommended. During short rains, photographic safaris can be more exciting in the park as it is the time when wild flowers flourish and there is abundance of butterflies. Moreover, most migratory birds can be seen during this time which is between December and February

Camping

Camping – Nature camping is mainly done in specified areas for camping in the park called campsites. While at resting potential at a campsite, one can view and feel the natural forest, the voices from forest birds, insects and nocturnal animals without forgetting amazing sounds of water flowing downstream the whole night through.

Cycling

Cycling is organized and done outside the park to villages close to the park and rubber plantations. Tourists can take time to learn the native farming and irrigation patterns, view the local dress patterns, traditional dances and taste the local foodstuff and beverages. It is one of the exciting muscle stretching activity that complements the nature based tourism.

Cultural tourism

The eastern part of the park is covered by a dense evergreen tropical rainforest which is a source of so many permanent rivers that pour water into the great Kilombero valley, having these rivers and natural ponds just at the bottom of several waterfalls make the swimming in the park to be carried out throughout the year in specified locations inside the park. Visitors are advised to bring in their swimming gears/costumes in order to enjoy the activity.

Swimming

Cycling

Cycling is organized and done outside the park to villages close to the park and rubber plantations. Tourists can take time to learn the native farming and irrigation patterns, view the local dress patterns, traditional dances and taste the local foodstuff and beverages. It is one of the exciting muscle stretching activity that complements the nature based tourism.

About Mikumi National Park:

As accessible as it is, Mikumi National Park is the most appealing Park to a safari. This Park will give a true taste of an African safari while preserving your precious time.

The Park has a variety of wildlife that can be easly seen. Its closeness to Dar makes it an ideal place for weekend visitors who don’t have to spend a long time on an extended safari itinerary.

The park derives its name from a palm tree called Borassus palm which once grew there and covers an area of 3,230km2

Climate

The Park experiences bi-modal rainfall season with short rains starting from October to early November and long rains from March to May and dry season is from late June to September.

It is located at an altitude between200m and 800meters with annual average rainfall ranging from ……. to …….mm.

Getting there

The Park can be accessed by road or air

Road. The park is 283km from Dar es salaam and 118 from Morogoro town.

Air. Scheduled flights from all the main centers in Tanzania but often routing via Dar-es-salaam.

Park attractions

The Park harbors fascinating attractions most notably the Hippo pools that provide close access to the mud loving beasts and bird watching. Zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo are found on the grassy plains.

Wildlife

The park has many wildlife like buffalos, Lions, Zebra, Giraffes and Elephants .Giraffes are often seen browsing leaves from the isolated acacia trees that fringe the Mkata river. Also the greater Kudu and sable antelope can be found in the miombo woodland-covered foothills of the mountain that rise from the Park boundaries.

from Dar es Salaam; 65 kms (40 miles) southwest of Mikumi.


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