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Birding in Mikumi - Mkata Flood Plain

 

Mkata Flood 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 regularly.
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.
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