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Jul 14, 2013 - Can we emigrate to Katavi? Is that possible?

Again visited by elephant through the night but we were much more relaxed knowing what the noises were. Had the pleasure of one elephant falling asleep by the banda and we could hear it breathing clearly during the quiet periods. The heavy breathing was accompanied by strangely familiar, almost human-like noises from it's back end, too. Familiar but incredibly loud. Tried deperately not to laugh - after all he was only about 10 feet away on the other side of the fly screen. A full-day drive today where we saw buffalo herd on the move toward...

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Jul 13, 2013 - The wonderland continues

Nothing at Ruaha prepared us for the night noises at Katavi. Discussion with Nick over breakfast clarified the events but at the time we were really scared. First a hippo passed our banda/tent foraging and farting which made us a little uneasy. Had just settled back down when a lion passed through camp roaring at an unbelievable decibel then the elephant arrived to eat the marula fruit from the tree overhanging our banda. At the time we thought the rubbing up against the tree sounded like a big cat dragging a kill in – unfettered...

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Jul 13, 2013 - A fantastic afternoon, a sunset drive onto the Katuma plain (our camp base) with Nick

Lunch at the lodge and a restful afternoon before a late drive with Nick to get some “animals in sunset” shots. We saw two vehicles that were watching our now 'hungry again' leopard so we spent considerable time watching him in the hope he would start a stalk as there were plenty of prey around. No luck and difficult to get a decent photo because of late afternoon lighting and his considerable ability to take cover. A stunning African sunset was more than worthwhile being out after dark - something we don't usually do in these parts, but...

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Jul 12, 2013 - Katavi - second day of this remote wonderland

A relatively quiet night from an animal noise perspective. Over breakfast Nick again emphasises that we are the only guests and therefore have the run of the camp. We leave on drives when we want to and return when we want to. About the only things that are firm are the safety precautions and evening meal time. A full day drive today where we re-visited leopard location and he was gone, amazingly lucky timing for us to have seen the leopard on its last day in the tree. Visited the Chada pride on two drives, so named because they will not...

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Jul 11, 2013 - Ruaha to Katavi

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...

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Jul 11, 2013 - Katavi - the most beautiful and unexpected sight . . .

Our bonus today was a leopard in a tree (just like the photos you see in documentaries) on the road to the camp where he had been for a day or so following a kill. We learned that leopards always take their kill into a tree to protect it from scavengers and stay in the tree with it until they have consumed it. As they eat and the carcass weighs less they take it higher into the tree. While we were there Nick got out his “point and shoot” camera but couldn’t get a good angle so Bob offered to take a photo for him. While Bob had Nick’s camera...

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Jul 11, 2013 - An afternoon game drive - shaping up to be a big day 1 in Katavi!

Afternoon drive with Meresu, a Masai guide, and driver Kevin where we saw more hippo and crocs which Katavi is famous for, particularly as the dry season progresses. The lioness with her four fat little wobbly cubs was another incredible experience. Still more pics follow this lot - including some more of the elephant herd struggling to get their young ones to follow them across the river. Very entertaining!

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Jul 11, 2013 - Katavi's first game drive continued . . .

The elephants trying to get the kids across the river were immensely entertaining - and a tad less frightening than meeting a hippo at the side of the road. We stopped between it and the river assuming it had heard us and it was just strolling along unconcerned until it looked up and saw us. It stopped dead in its tracks with a surprised look on its face, reversed back the way it was coming, stared at us and snorted it's very clear displeasure before walking a little further down the road before crossing. Thankfully Kevin read all the signs...

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