A trip to Tanzania: Exploring the park [Day 6]

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I usually wake up before the official wake up call & manage to catch a spectacular sunrise across the plains in front of the tent…early morning has to be my favourite time of day…

Very soon afterwards the tea arrives….in a special monkey proof box as the vervet monkeys can be a bit of nuisance here…..thing is, I might have trouble figuring it out too….hmmm…

Nope, not this time….got it… Nothing beats that first cuppa of the day…especially whilst watching the sun come up over the plains in front of a tent in deepest darkest…

We’ve been told that they’ve packed a picnic breakfast for us and we’re looking for a suitable spot next to the river…..just as our guide sees the perfect spot, we see that another camp has nabbed it first – how disappointing as we are all starting to feel a bit peckish now….except that he is pulling our leg & it is actually our breakfast spot….they’ve set up a lovely bush breakfast for us including a hot breakfast station next to the river….eggs & bacon anyone?

 Complete with a lovely view and hippo’s providing the background music…

A leisurely breakfast …one of the highlights being the local honey….which is collected in the wild & is dark & slightly smoky….absolutely delicious! I’m told they sell it at Tabora Airport but unfortunately they only had 5 litre vats of the golden nectar…..Apart from having a strict luggage allowance of 15kgs whihc is already at the maximum, I reluctantly leave it behind as I also don’t fancy my chances of getting it past the sniffer dogs at the airport…

We are travelling in June & are experiencing Katavi National Park at the start of the dry season…the heat is already more intense than the Serengeti, the grass has turned golden although the river is still flowing strongly & attracting lots of elephant as water sources elsewhere dry up. The rains usually arrive mid November & last through to June - the park undergoes a radical transformation from gold to green – almost overnight.

Katavi National Park has some unusual trees which make it a real contrast to the Serengeti – ilala palms, mahogany and these chestnut trees whose bark turns from grey to white during the dry season….too beautiful…

By 10h00 it is starting to warm up and the tsetse flies are once again becoming an issue so we head back to camp….it is nice to just soak up the ambience and enjoy the camp. They have a sweet safari retro style lounge tent with a tea & coffee station so we are happy to have some down time….a guided walk has been promised later this afternoon once it has started to cool down again…

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