We offer this short 2 day safari from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park to cater for not only the foreign traveler that doesn’t have much of time but the would like to have a glimpse of a Tanzanian safari but also for the Residents of Dar es Salaam who wish to make an escape out of the bustling city to a cooler and quieter place while enjoying nature and all what it has to offer!
The 2 days safari from Dar es Salaam involves a considerably long drive so taking off from Dar es Salaam as early as possible is key. We can pick you up as early as 05.00 Hrs from your residence or hotel within the Dar es Salaam CBD so that we may beat the sometimes ‘crazy’ morning snarl ups of Dar and by mid morning then you will have reached your peaceful destination that is Mikumi National Park for your short safari.
Where is Mikumi National Park?
About 300 Kilometers from Dar es Salaam, and covering an area of 3230 Km sq, Mikumi National Park is basically like an extension of the larger Selous Ecosystem and the park’s plains have often been related to the endless plains of the Serengeti so you 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 ‘Eastern Arc Mountains’ of East Africa that spreads from this area to Eastern Tanzania including Pare and Usambara Mountains and as far as the Taita Hills in South Eastern Kenya.
What to See on your 2 days Mikumi safari from Dar es Salaam
As soon as you enter the stretch of the tarmac road that cuts through the Mikumi National Park along the Dar es Salaam – Mbeya Highway you will start seeing many animals like the cheeky Baboons and Monkeys but can also easily spot easily other animals like zebras, gazelles, impalas and giraffes from the road side which gives you even a ‘free game drive’ even before you enter the actual Mikumi Park Gate. Don’t be surprised to escort a pride of lions along the tarmac highway because here the animals have the right of way.
Other animals that can be spotted in Mikumi include Buffaloes, Greater Kudus, hartebeests, elephants, elands, sable antelopes, wildebeests, and the rare ones like cheetahs and occasional leopards among many other species.
Mikumi National Park is also home to a lot of birds with more than 400 bird species recorded and the park also allows for Walking safaris which makes it perfect for a bird walk accompanied by an armed TANAPA Ranger in the mornings or afternoons. This walk is offered as an optional activity so please request well in advance and Tanzania Safari Supremacy will gladly arrange that for you.
Some of the birds that can be spotted here include; African hawk eagle, African open bill, long-tailed fiscal, mariqua sunbirds, the pale basis, red billed oxpeckers, southern ground hornbill, purple crested turacos, northern carmine bee eaters, starlings several weaver bird species and many more.
Best Time to do this 2 days safari from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi
Best time to visit Mikumi just like other parks in Tanzania is the Dry season, that stretches from June to October, for wildlife viewing in the park. Mikumi is however an all year park (including April / May) due to the tendency by the animals gathering around very predictable water sources such as the Mkata River in the vast wildlife rich Mkata flood plain that stretches for the better part of the park.
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2 day Safari from Dar es Salaam Itinerary
Leave Dar es Salaam for Mikumi National Park.
This early morning you will be picked up by your safari guide from your residence in Dar es Salaam or your hotel or even from the Airport if you arrive early enough and you will drive out of the city as quick as possible to beat the traffic jams. Soon you will be out of town and drive at a steady pace along the Mbeya Highway via Chalinze and Morogoro town arriving by mid-morning or early afternoon depending on your departure time from Dar es Salaam. Lunch can be taken at a camp inside the park or along the way and as soon as you register at the park’s entrance at Mikumi National Park you will embark on your first game drive in search of wild animals and birds. You will do game drives until later in the afternoon before dark when you will check in at a lodge camp at Mikumi National Park or just outside the park for a well deserved refreshing shower followed by dinner and overnight. Overnight at Camp Bastian; a nice budget lodge just outside the park’s boundaries. (Lunch and Dinner included).
Other camps also available depending on your budget and preference for an upgrade.
Mikumi National Park – back to Dar es Salaam.
It is important to note that this safari involves long drives of about 4 to 5 hours and sometimes more depending on the traffic floor and traffic police control along this busy highway to Mikumi National Park.
End of your 2 day safari from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park.
Prices for 2 day Safari from Dar es Salaam
The below prices are quoted with staying at the nice budget lodge Camp Bastian or similar place but we can revise the pricing with mid-range or standard luxury places depending on your preference and budget.
A Group of 2 Persons – USD 464 per person sharing (Double room or Twin room)
A Group of 4 Persons – USD 324 per person sharing (2 Double rooms or Twin rooms)
A Group of 6 Persons – USD 300 per person sharing (3 Double rooms or Twin rooms or in 2 Triple rooms)
Single Traveler – Ask for price
For a group of more than 6 Travelers or Children prices please ask for a special discounted price
Children Prices depend on their Ages of the child and room configuration.
We can customize the program according to your interests and budget.
The Price includes
02 days private safari for 02 – 06 persons
Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4 x 4 Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
All game drives as mentioned in the itinerary
All wildlife reserve entry fees
03 x 0,5 l mineral water per person / day during game drives
01 x FB at safari lodges or tented camps as per itinerary
VAT by the Government of Tanzania
The Price does not include
Domestic flights from Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam – Zanzibar (if coming from Zanzibar)
All items of a personal nature
Gratuities for safari guide and lodge staff (please tip separately)
Travel insurance if needed (you can get that from back home)
icon_tick state=”off”]Air evacuation insurance if needed (We can arrange that for you)
Drinks and beverages in lodges / camps