“If your lucky you will see the Simba (lion)” said Shabeel our driver cum guide as we started the early morning drive from the town of Morogoro to the Mikumi National Park. We decided on an early start, as mornings is when a lot of animals can be sighted.
This is Tanzania’s fifth largest National Park and is easily accessible from Dar es Salaam. Approaching the outskirts of the Mikumi National Park we spotted Baboons and a couple of giraffes along the highway, like a teaser of what was in store!
The Mkata floodplain is the centre piece of Mikumi and the open horizons draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains. It is here that we spotted giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, deer, boars and wild buffalos.
Strolling around the park and chomping at tree tops were the giraffes…
The zebras with their tails swishing stared back at us with equal interest. We were the caged ones in the jeep!
At a distance we saw herds of wild buffalo, wildebeest and elephants.
In the pool were hippos wallowing and snorting at close range and baby crocodiles making their way towards the water.
All of a sudden in the distance we saw two big herds of giraffes crossing the grassland plains.
Time flew and it was already noon and the sun was up in the sky. The animals felt the heat as well and took shade beneath trees.
Even though it was at a distance we were lucky to spot the king of the jungle… spot him if you can!