Mikumi National Park
Easily accessible from Dar es Salaam, Mikumi is an ideal safari spot for maximum wildlife sightings if you’re short on time. Bordering the Selous Game Reserve, the park offers a wide variety of wildlife and its open horizons make sightings easy to come by.
If you’re hoping for a glimpse of the infamous “Big Five” (lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo and rhino), Mikumi won’t let you down, but you can also get up close to hippos as they wallow in the muddy pools, and keen bird-watchers will be richly rewarded with over 400 colorful species.
The centerpiece of Mikumi is the Mkata Floodplain, where you can watch herds of zebras grazing in the rising sun, while giraffes tend to favor the shade of the acacia around the Mkata River. The floodplain has also been hailed as perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for spotting the world’s largest antelope, the impressive eland. All of this is surveyed by the languid lions, who you might see lazing on the flattened tops of termite mounds or up in the branches of the trees.