The lesser known wildlife of Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

Mikumi National Park is known for its variety of wildlife. The northern part of the park located in the Mkata flood plain is a favourite haunt of four of the big five of Africa- elephants, wild buffaloes, lion and the leopard. But hidden amidst these fairly common animals are an amazing array of creatures particularly the winged ones and the slithering ones. During my visit to the park in March 2016, I documented some of the birds, insects and reptiles that I came across both on the main highway as well as the safari roads. --- Here are a few other posts on Mikumi National Park that may interest you: 1)  Tanzania's Mikumi National Park- A safe haven for Africa's big game 2)  Ten reasons why you must see Mikumi National Park from Dar es Salaam 3)  Drive to Mikumi National Park- the Great African Plains, from Dar es Salaam --- For more information about a destination, have a tourist destination or your prop

Drive to Mikumi National Park- the Great African Plains, from Dar es Salaam

I had a chance to break free from the daily cycle of work in Dar es Salaam for a couple of days during the recent Easter long weekend of Tanzania. I drove down along the Tanzania - Zambia International Highway to Mikumi National Park, one of nature's many bounties bestowed upon this beautiful country and its welcoming people. The town of Mikumi, near which is the park's safari area, is located about 300 km from Dar, although the jungles of the park start about 45 km before the town when one is driving down from Dar. Here is a collection of images of the drive to the park. This is first of a series of posts on my blog on this particular trip. A giraffe statue at a petrol station just as one exits Dar es Salaam on the Morogoro road.  To see a larger map  click here This is a single road with many bends and sharp turns, where over taking is prohibited.  And a long week-end meant we had to follow the many vehicles ahead of us leaving no chance of overtaking.