Close to Dar es Salaam, relatively cheap and quiet
cant slow down
I Stayed 3nts, Wanted To Stay A 4th nt!
The Mwanam Bogo Dam is the larges lake in Mikumi National Park, at least in the part that is open for tourists. The lake is close to the northern border of the park and is easily accessible by 4WD OUTSIDE the wet season. Large numbers of game collect around the lake. If you have enough time, spend at least one our at the Mwanam Bogo Dam. You'll see...more
Mikumi National Park is full of birds, ranging in size from very small to pretty large. Personally I liked the small blue birds the best. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the species, and it was impossible to take a picture of them.Marabous were more relaxed, though they would fly away if you approach them too closely. Marabous are elegant...more
There are a few man-made pools in Mikumi National Park. The only good place to spot hippopotamuses (and crocodiles) is around these pools. Hippopotamuses are said to be dangerous for humans, but I was more afraid of the crocodiles that were lying on the shore.It was easy to spot hippopotamuses, as there are always a few around and they can't hide...more
There are a few man-made pools in Mikumi National Park. The only good place to spot crocodiles (and hippopotamuses) is around these pools. The pools are also the only places where 4WD drivers allow their visitors to leave the cars.I found the crocodiles hard to see as long as they were lying motionless on the muddy shore of the pools. On one...more
Spotting a lion appeared to be more difficult than spotting other game. A few hours before we left the park, we were very lucky to spot three lions that had just caught a buffalo. One of the lions was having lunch while we approached him/her at a distance of about 20 m. A great experience!more
Like all the game, zebras were very easy to spot in Mikumi National Park. We have seen many groups of zebras during our two-day stay. If you approach zebras carefully, they are not afraid of visitors and you will have the opportunity to take beautiful pictures like the one on the right.more
In the middle of a game reserve in Tanzania, it will be hard to find a 'regular' nightlife spot. Fortunately, I don't think that anyone visiting Mikumi National Park is looking for a nightclub or casino. An impressive moment in Mikumi National Park is sunset, which is accompanied by the most beautiful sounds that continue until late (some even overnight).
Dress Code: Dress code is: long pants and sleeves and/or sufficient mosquito milk!
Tho they said the salad was "safe" (washed with bottled water), apparently something wasn't quite right... those in our group who had some ended up rather sick.
Stick with the cooked items. Those were very good.
Better than the Movie "Ratatouille" and real!
Date 02 March 2008
APOPO was initiated in response to the global landmine problem. In the mid 90s it was well recognized that most mine clearance techniques in use were slow and expensive. APOPO’s overall objective is to develop an efficient method for the detection of landmines and UXO in order to facilitate the repatriation of refugees, distribution of emergency aid, general development and a mine free environment in affected countries.
The idea of using rodents for mine detection was the outcome of an exploration and analysis of the mine detection problem. The Belgian Directorate for International Co-operation (DGIS) provided the initial financial support to develop the concept in November 1997. APOPO vzw was registered under the Belgian law as a non-commercial agency, and started its first research in early 1998.
A feasibility study was first implemented in a temporary lab in Belgium. APOPO tried out several methods and methodologies in parallel approaches. One group of laboratory rats was trained to detect explosive samples by pressing levers from within a caged set-up; another group was taught to detect TNT samples hidden in a sandbox.
APOPO also started to breed and socialize African giant pouched rats imported from Tanzania and developed concepts for the use of these animals in mine clearance.
The promising results impelled the planned transfer of APOPO’s operational base to Africa. This would allow training and testing of the animals in near-to-real conditions.
During the first half of 2000, APOPO established its premises and training area at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), in Morogoro, Tanzania. The choice of this location was a result of APOPO’s collaboration with the Department of Biology of the University of Antwerp (UA), which had a long co-operation with SUA in the field of rodent research. With the logistic support of the Tanzanian Peoples Defense Forces (TPDF), APOPO has established extensive training and test minefields. The project still kept its Belgian liaison office at the University of Antwerp.
At the test and training fields at the Sokoine University of Agriculture, APOPO systematically improved its detection methodology using rats. By 2003, APOPO was ready for its first field testing in a real demining scenario, and set up an operation in Mozambique. The first tests on a real mine field in November 2003 showed good results. In 2004, a first group of rats passed official licensing tests according to IMAS standards under supervision of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the National Institute for Demining in Mozambique (IND).
While the demining work was progressing, APOPO started investigating the potential use of its technology for the detection of pathogens. In December 2004, a new project targeting this new application was officially started. At the new centre, rats detect TB bacteria in human sputum samples. The preliminary results for TB detection are very promising.
The main entrance of Mikumi National Park is conveniently located at an exit of one of Tanzania's main highways, from Morogoro to Iringa. Park fees are low compared to the more famous parks in the north of Tanzania.Park gates open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The maximum speed inside the park is 50 km/h, though most of the time you will be driving...more