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If you are looking to extend your wonderful Africa Safari experience combined with Zanzibar beach holidays, then this tour is a great product for you. It is one of our most popular tours with safari goers coming and going to Zanzibar and Tanzania in general.
Dar es Salaam (Dar), the commercial hub of Tanzania, is only two hours away from Zanzibar by ferry (watercraft) and 20 minutes away by air. This makes this tour an automatic choice for many travellers wanting to combine beach holidays with wildlife photography tours.
Mikumi national park itself is about six (6) hours drive from Dar, with the road journey quite comfortable in a 4*4 jeep or Toyota Alphard vehicles. The journey gives you an authentic view of life and landscapes of Tanzania and Africa in general of you meander through towns such as Kibaha and Morogoro having a road view of life in African rural and peri-urban centres.
With 3,230 square kilometers coverage, Mikumi National Park is a well-established national park in Tanzania’s southern tour circuit. The park is well-known for its population of elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, elands, antelopes, Kudus, wildebeest, and lions. At the Mikumi Hippo pool, you will see not only hippos but crocodiles and birds.
As you reach Mikumi region, before even reaching the park entry gates, animals by the side will announce your arrival. See lots of Zebras, Implalas and Giraffes grazing a few meters away from the road.
Meet and greet on arrival at ferry terminal, airport, or your hotel in Dar es Salaam with your tour leader. You will be briefed about the safari and we will then start the transfer to Mikumi by road via Morogoro town.
The drive will take about 6 hours with a lunch stop at a restaurant in Morogoro Town or on arrival at the lodge in Mikumi (depending on time you leave Dar). Use the drive time to view the village and rural life of Africa from the window of the transfer vehicle.
Once near Mikumi you will start to see groups of wild animals by the roadside such as Zebras, Giraffe (national symbol), and impalas. On arrival at Mikumi you will check in at the lodge and refresh. You will then proceed to enter the park at around 4:00pm. Enjoy the game drive experience as you see lots of elephants, Lions, wild dog, Zebras, Giraffes, Impalas, Hyenas, Buffalos, Wildebeests, the Eland antelope, hartebeest, and other resident small animals. The park also has over 300 species of birds that have been observed.
Late afternoon you will do a game drive with sunset view and watch the animals drink water at the large hippo pool, filled with huge school of hippos. On a warm day, you may sport crocodiles hanging around with their mouths open as a way to avoid overheating.
Dinner and overnight will be at Camp Bastian Lodge or Similar lodge.
Start the day with a visit to the nearby Maasai village for a fascinating cultural experience with the popular Maasai tribe of Tanzania. Listen to their stories, view their traditional way of life, and learn how start a fire without using matchbox stick. Return back to the lodge in time for breakfast. Afterwards you will go to Mikumi national park for a full day of game drives.
See more of the Mikumi animals today as they go about their day – lions, zebras, giraffes, impalas, kudus, elands, buffalos, elephants, hippos, crocs, and even the African wild dog and many more.
Lunch will be served at the Mikumi Cottages buffet inside the park. You will return back to the lodge before dark falls at Camp Bastian for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast you will depart for your journey back to Dar es Salaam for a hotel drop off or ferry terminal drop of for beach holiday extension in Zanzibar.