Birding in Mkata Flooding Plain
Mkata flood plain is the
main feature in the Mikumi national park. The plain is dominated by
ridges and separated by narrow depressions of black cotton soil.
The northern portion of the plain remains swampy all year round
providing a favorite mud grounds for buffaloes and number of birds
species, such as ground hornbills..
The northern portion of the
plain remains swampy all year round providing a favorite mud
grounds for buffaloes and number of birds species, such as ground
hornbills. The southern depressions form water courses which flow
to Mkata River and supporting large population of wildlife
including buffalo, wild dog, eland, elephant, giraffe, hartebeest,
zebra, leopard, lion, impala, sable antelope, warthog, waterbuck,
wildebeest, and greater kudu. Yellow baboons, impala and reedbuck
are commonly seen at Kisingura area along the Mkata River.
Kikoboga is famous for the
concentration of elephants especially December and January. Other
animals which reside in this flood plain are Liechtenstein's
hartebeest and eland; packs of wild dogs are seen here more
Chamgore, the center point for
animals on the Mkata River. There are two water holes (one is the
hippo pool) where many animals gather for water drinking,
especially during dry season. The famous here are saddle-bill
storks, hammer kops, and malachite kingfisher, others including
crocodile, monitor lizard, and large pythons.
When to Visit Mikumi National Park
Game Drive in Mikumi National Park
takes place throughout the year.
Well maintained roads all over the
park allow game viewing even during
Facts: The Mikumi-Selous ecosystem is a vast and continuous protected area of immense conservation importance. Mikumi National Park has a single dry season (June-November) and a single wet season (December-May) and does not, as is often stated, experience two rainy seasons.