Drive to Mikumi National Park- the Great African Plains, from Dar es Salaam

I had a chance to break free from the daily cycle of work in Dar es Salaam for a couple of days during the recent Easter long weekend of Tanzania. I drove down along the Tanzania - Zambia International Highway to Mikumi National Park, one of nature's many bounties bestowed upon this beautiful country and its welcoming people. The town of Mikumi, near which is the park's safari area, is located about 300 km from Dar, although the jungles of the park start about 45 km before the town when one is driving down from Dar.

Here is a collection of images of the drive to the park. This is first of a series of posts on my blog on this particular trip.
A giraffe statue at a petrol station just as one exits Dar es Salaam on the Morogoro road. 
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This is a single road with many bends and sharp turns, where over taking is prohibited. 
And a long week-end meant we had to follow the many vehicles ahead of us leaving no chance of overtaking.
One can see the plains for miles ahead as one approaches Chalinze town. 
Watch out for the many speed limit sign posts as one drives into village limits. These are strictly implemented by the plentiful of cops all along the way. Heavy fines await those who break the limit. 
The end of speed limit is shown on sign posts as one leaves the village limits. 
Watch out for cyclists when there are no speed limits. 
And then there are cow sign posts...
...followed by actual cows being herded by Masai tribesmen.
There are places where heavy trucks are supposed to stop, watch out for such places
No overtaking please!
More reasons to drive slow...

The drive gets lively as the mountains come nearer
Again, watch out for pedestrians along way
The lovely mountains seen through a clearing in vegetation along the road.

Agricultural fields as one approaches Morogoro city.
Beautiful landscape along way
The road remains single all along
An interesting Mosque minaret, which is different from what one sees in south Asia
The beautiful mountains distract your view
Fortunately one doesn't have to enter Morogoro to drive to Mikumi park as there is a highway by-passing the city. 
Another way to figure out the end of the speed limit are sign posts cancelling names of the nearest village gone by

You can occasionally see people along way, wanting to hitch a ride.
I couldn't resist stopping and having a look at the beautiful mountains adjoining Morogoro town.
As one drives past Morogoro, one gets the chance to catch up on the lost time
As you approach the boundaries of Mikumi park, you come across a few villages that advertise their hand-crafted artefacts
And finally we enter the national park boundaries. There are strict speed limits as one leaves civilization to enter the land of Simba- the lion and Tembo-  the elephant. 
Here are a few other posts on Mikumi National Park that may interest you:


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