This past weekend, we were treated to a wonderful event through our IST orientation. The admin took all of the new hires and their families on a three-day safari to Mikumi National Park.
The park is 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles) and the fourth-largest park in Tanzania. It is part of a much larger ecosystem in Tanzania Selous Game Reserve. It is 283 km (175 miles) west of Dar es Salaam, north of Selous, and en route to Ruaha, Udzungwa and (for the intrepid) Katavi. It took our buses about 5 hours to get there with two pit-stops.
Everyone stayed in the Mikumi wildlife camp in huts.
Inside, the hut was fully furnished and more than adequate, nice even. The consensus was that Cody and I got the honeymoon suite since it was so nice. It also had an interesting bathroom situation. The side-by-side toilets were very “honeymoon.”
We had stunning views from both our patio and the dining area at the resort. It is fantastic because they have built two watering holes out in the field that many animals use during the day. The three days we were there we saw elephants, buffalo, warthogs, zebras and a big cat that was difficult to identify since it was dark.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience and a great introduction to going on safari in Tanzania.