|Up at 5 for cup of tea, thermos supplied last night, and packing by torchlight. The drive to the airstrip was an experience, early morning cold in an open top viewing vehicle – only 2 of us weren’t rugged up for the cold. Bob ended up wearing sunglasses in the dark to keep the cold wind out of his eyes.
Enjoyed an in-flight breakfast with Kevin from packages prepared at the camp. Amazing views over the flood plains and Kevin took us a little past the airstrip to view elephants on the move and Katavi Wildlife Camp.
We were met at the airstrip by Nick Greaves, the camp manager at Katavi and the trainer for all Foxes guides, and his personal assistant/administration manager Mr Albert. Normally the journey from the airstrip to the camp takes about 10 minutes and involves crossing a river at a ford but because of the volume of rain this season the river is too high and necessitates a detour that takes about an hour and turns into a game drive. On this short trip we saw an army of hippos, the usual elephants and giraffes and of course impala.