2 Day safari from Dar es Salaam to Makumi National Park
At Africa adventure vacations, we offer this short 2 Day safari from Dar es Salaam to Makumi National Park to cater not only to foreign visitors who don’t have much time but want to experience a Tanzanian safari, but also to Dar es Salaam residents who want to escape the bustling city to a cooler and quieter place while enjoying nature and all it has to offer! The 2 Day safari from Dar es Salaam to Makumi National Park involves a lengthy trip, so departing from Dar es Salaam as early as feasible is critical. We can pick you up from your Dar es Salaam CBD house or hotel as early as 05.00 Hrs to beat the often ‘wild’ morning snarl ups of Dar and have you at your serene destination of Mikumi National Park for your short safari by mid-morning.
The Location of Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park is about 300 kilometers from Dar es Salaam and covers an area of 3230 kilometers square. The park’s plains have often been compared to the endless plains of the Serengeti, so expect vast savannah plains in which many animals thrive, as well as the Miombo Woodlands and great scenic views over the rolling hills of the Uluguru Mountains, one of the mountain ranges that make up the ancient and legendary Selous Ecosystem.
As soon as you enter the stretch of tarmac road that cuts through the Mikumi National Park along the Dar es Salaam-Mbeya Highway, you will begin to see many animals, such as the cheeky baboons and monkeys, but you can also easily spot other animals such as zebras, gazelles, impalas, and giraffes from the roadside, giving you a “free game drive” even before entering the actual Mikumi Park Gate. Expect to be escorted by a pride of lions along the tarmac roadway because the animals have the right of way here.
Other creatures found in Mikumi include buffaloes, Greater Kudus, hartebeests, elephants, elands, sable antelopes, wildebeests, and uncommon species such as cheetahs and leopards, among many others. Mikumi National Park is also home to many birds, with over 400 species reported, and the park also allows for walking safaris, making it ideal for a morning or afternoon bird walk accompanied by an armed TANAPA Ranger. This walk is available as an optional activity, so please make your request well in advance, and Tanzania Safari Supremacy would gladly arrange it for you. Here you can see African hawk eagles, African open bill, long-tailed fiscals, mariqua sunbirds, the pale basis, red-billed oxpeckers, southern ground hornbills, purple crested turacos, northern carmine bee eaters, starlings, several weaver bird species, and many more.
The best time to visit Mikumi, like other parks in Tanzania, is during the dry season, which lasts from June to October, for wildlife watching. Mikumi, on the other hand, is an all-year park (including April/May) due to the animals’ proclivity to congregate around reliable water sources such as the Mkata River in the large wildlife-rich Mkata flood plain that runs for the better portion of the park.
Day 1: Depart for Mikumi National Park from Dar es Salaam.
In the early morning, your safari guide will take you from your Dar es Salaam apartment, hotel, or even the airport if you arrive early enough, and you will drive out of the city as quickly as possible to avoid traffic congestion. You’ll soon be out of town, driving steadily down the Mbeya Highway through Chalinze and Morogoro towns, arriving in the mid-morning or early afternoon, depending on your departure time from Dar es Salaam. Lunch can be taken in a camp within the park or along the route, and after registering at the park’s gate, you will go on your first game drive in search of wild animals and birds. You will go on game drives until late in the afternoon, just before dark, when you will check into a lodge camp in Mikumi National Park or just outside the park for a well-deserved refreshing shower, followed by dinner and overnight. Spend the night at Camp Bastian, a wonderful budget lodge right outside the park’s gates (lunch and dinner included). Other camps are also available based on your budget and desire for an upgrade.
Day 2. Explore Mikumi National Park and travel back to Dar es Salaam.
After an early breakfast, you will return to Mikumi Park for one last game drive to see any animals that you may have missed on the first day. This is also an excellent time to try your luck at observing some nocturnal species as well as other animals that congregate along game viewing trails to avoid the early dew. Depending on your intentions, you will leave Mikumi National Park and travel back to Dar es Salaam, dropping you off at the airport if departing, or at your hotel in the CBD or house. Breakfast and lunch are both included. It is crucial to remember that this safari entails long drives of 4 to 5 hours or more, depending on traffic conditions and police control along this major highway to Mikumi National Park. Your 2 Day safari from Dar es Salaam to Makumi National Park comes to an end.
The cost includes
- Private safari for two to six people for two days.
- Professional English-speaking safari guide services
- Wildlife drives and transportation in a customized 4 x 4 Land Cruiser with a photographic roof hatch
- All game drives listed on the itinerary
- Entry fees to all wildlife reserves 5 liters of mineral water per person each day during wildlife drives.
- 01 x FB in safari lodges or tented camps as specified in the itinerary.
- Tanzania’s government imposes VAT.
The price excludes
- International Travel Flights
- Domestic flights between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam (if coming from Zanzibar)
- Everything of a personal nature
- Gratuities for safari guides and lodge employees (please tip separately)
- If necessary, travel insurance (you can get that from back home)
- If necessary, air evacuation insurance (We can arrange that for you)
- Beverages and drinks in lodges and camps