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.
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?
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.