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Transport Mikumi NP from Dar Es Salaam - 1 night trip

Sydney, Australia
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Transport Mikumi NP from Dar Es Salaam - 1 night trip

I am thinking of doing a trip to Mikumi national park for safari, from Dar Es Salaam. Landing in Dar at 3 AM, was thinking we could get straight to Mikumi, spend the night at Stanley Kopje, maybe a bit more safari the morning after, and then head back to Dar for an afternoon flight.

Looking for the best option to get to Mikumi - to drive ourselves or go on an organised tour. We are 2 people. Prefer private safari tour.

TRANSPORT

Would it be safe to hire a car and drive ourselves? Especially considering we'd be driving at night/early morning.

Or would you recommend us to get a driver (but we would have to pay for his stay overnight I assume? How much for a driver?)

Or should we get a tour package with driver, guide and accommodation? Do you have any names of good companies?

SAFARI GUIDE

Can we simply hire a guide with car once we get to the park? Or need to book in advance?

First time in Tanzania. Not so keen on taking local bus.

Many thanks!

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Glasgow, United...
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1. Re: Transport Mikumi NP from Dar Es Salaam - 1 night trip

Night journeys on highways are not recommended,

Car rentals involve deposits, and strict pickup and dropoff times, and flexible out of hours arrangements are sometimes necessary, also enough time for refund of your deposit,

Public buses from ubungo bus station, depart from 6am, staying nearby is important for early buses,

Journey to morogoro and then to mukumi, or direct to mikumi, take 4-6 hours from Dar,

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2. Re: Transport Mikumi NP from Dar Es Salaam - 1 night trip

Mikumi is one of the easier parks to self-drive. The road between there and Dar is generally in good shape and it’s paved the whole way. When you pay the fees at the park gate you can pick up a guide who will take you around the park (no need to arrange that ahead), so it’s difficult to get lost.

You don’t want to be driving on the big roads at night so I’d wait for daylight to set out.

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3. Re: Transport Mikumi NP from Dar Es Salaam - 1 night trip

Hello Crolin

This is Ndakie from Safaris Partners, we are Tanzania local tour operator based in Morogoro just two hours drive to Mikumi National Park and 4 hours from Dar es salaam, we are happy to organize your first trip in Tanzania, we can pick you up at the airport the time you arrive with our very comfortable transfer car and drive straight to Mikumi this means we will arrive at Mikumi around 8am very good time to spot animals

Let me know if this works for you

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4. Re: Transport Mikumi NP from Dar Es Salaam - 1 night trip

Hello Crolin

This is Ndakie from Safaris Partners, we are Tanzania local tour operator based in Morogoro just two hours drive to Mikumi National Park and 4 hours from Dar es salaam, we are happy to organize your first trip in Tanzania, we can pick you up at the airport the time you arrive with our very comfortable transfer car and drive straight to Mikumi this means we will arrive at Mikumi around 8am very good time to spot animals

Let me know if this works for you

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