Katavi National Park

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Tanzania  , Rukwa Region,
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Katavi National Park

We arrived to an extremely hot and dry Katavi Park. We were shocked at the sight of desperate hippos lying in the dwindling "pools" of water.  The river is all but completely dry.  It is a fight for survival. Giraffe, Elephants and antelope alike have to drink the water polluted by hippo dung and in some instances, rotting flesh.  The stench at the “so called” campsite is simply too much to stomach.  We left Lynxi next to the river with Elephants for company and took a short drive along the river.

We had to wait around 15 min before we could pass by the elephants drinking water.  Once back with Lynx we decided that we would rather take our chances with the camp at Head Quarters north of here.  We did not see much else in the park.  The plane itself is beautiful, much more so when green, I am sure.  We had three choices for staying the night. The first two, just outside the park boundary (not recommended) and one in the park. This turned out to be a good choice.  Although the ablutions were locked, it is a nice open area under big trees with enough fire wood to burn continuously for a week.

Next morning very early we were on our way.  It cost us $140 to sleep over!  Madness.  I would personally not recommend coming to Katavi at the end of the dry season.  It is too sad to see the animal suffer like this.  

(CQ) That's life. Survival of the strongest. It is sad, however seen it and being there gives a real appreciation for what survival stands for. The dead hippo just collapsed a few hundred meters from the water (mud hole) just too weak to even look for food. Happy vultures on the other hand get a free meal. Lions were seen in the area by others, however we missed them.
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