Posted By Lorena Graig on July 30, 2014
Mikumi National park in Southern Tanzania is a great wildlife sanctuary. You should visit it during your Tanzania Zanzibar safaris. Mikumi is not far from Selous Game Reserve. The nearest park, however, is Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Mikumi and Udzungwa parks are small and visited less often. Mikumi National Park is to the west of a busy town called Morogoro. It is has very pretty scenery and animals.
This park can be visited for only two days as its main attraction is game viewing. Day trips to the Udzungwa Moutains National Park can also be arranged by your tour operator. Because Mikumi and Selous have a common border, you are likely to see a lot of animals here. Herbivores include zebras, wildebeests, elephants, giraffes, impalas, buffalos, and warthog. The chief predators here are lions, wild dogs and leopards.
Camps that can be found here are simple and affordable. You can arrive and book anytime as there are no crowds here. Foxes Safari Camp is among the top camps here with 12 integrated tents. There are others such as Vuma Hills, and Kikoboga Camp. If you choose to arrive at Udzungwa Mountains National Park too, during your Tanzania tours and safaris, tell your tour operator in advance so they can keep it in mind when organizing your trips. Udzungwa Mountains are a continuation of The Eastern Arc, which are groups of rolling mountain ranges that stretch up to the Kenyan side.
History shows that these mountains were formed at least a century ago and about twenty percent of these ranges are preserved within this park. Here you will see the threatened primates like the red colobus monkey (Iringa), Sanje crested angabey and Matunda galago. The black and white colobus monkey, yellow baboon troops and blue and vervet monkeys are also seen at Udzungwa Mountains National Park. There over four hundred bird species including partridge, a species that was introduced in 1991.