Mikumi National Park

Forming the northern borders of Africa's biggest game reserve-the vast Selous-Mikumi is one of the most popular of Tanzania's National parks, the most accessible part of a 75,000 squire kilometers (47,000squire miles) wilderness that stretches almost to the shores of the Indian Ocean.

The main features of the park is the Mikumi flood plain, along with the mountain ranges that border the parks on two sides, open grasslands dominate the flood plain, eventually merging with the miombo woodland covering the low hills, the woodland is favourate haunt of the lions, sometime perching high in the trees to keep their feet dry from the sticky black mud of the wet season, observation towers above the tree-line allows panoramic views of the plain laid out below, home to formidable herds of buffalos.

Mikumi's Elephants are more compact than those in the rest of the country, but still a formidable sight when viewed close up. The rains swell the park's population of birds to more than 300w species as European migrants seek refuge in Mikumi, joining resident stars like the lilac-breasted roller. Mikumi's road network provides visitors with easy game viewing drives and there are hippos, zebra, giraffes, hartebeest and wildebeest in abundance. The park is accessible all year round.