First gazetted in 1964 with additions made to the north and south in 1975, Mikumi has risen through the ranks to be the third largest national Park in Tanzania with an area of 2320km2.
The park is surrounded by an arc of mountains and protected land, with the Uluguru Mountains to the east, the Mbesera, Madzini and Mazunyungu hills to the north and west.
Vuma Hills Tented Camp is built up on the hills overlooking the plain. The tents are shaded by woodland, although the animals do still wander through.
The spacious tents are dotted around the restaurant, bar and swimming pool. The evenings are lit up with a brazier and the chance to see the 5 resident honey badgers, civit cats, genet cards and bush babies that arrive for their evening meal.
These unusual dinner companions are sometimes accompanied by porcupine. These nocturnal animals are rarely seen and especially at such close proximity.
There are 16 fully furnished tents on wooden platforms with thatched roofs. All have en suite bathroom facilities with solar heated hot water. All tents can be double, twin, single or triple and are mosquito proofed.
Game drives are taken in open, adapted 4WD vehicles. The vehicles have tiered seating and roof shading. Game viewing is shared unless a private vehicle reserved.
Day excursions to trek in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park can be prebooked and there is a swimming pool at the camp.