It is here the lost west of Tanzania, one of the wildest regions of the country, where people still lay offerings at the foot of trees by praying the local god for good
An Africa of pioneers, almost unknown to tourism. For connoisseurs, and to find the meaning of the word “adventure”!
Nothing serves to look for noon to fourteen hours, which is especially important for the Wakonongo of the deep southwest of Tanzania is that it rain, that the fields fertile and fertile women. “Gods are for delivering goods”. And let the hunt be good! This is why we still see today offerings under a tamarind tree near Lake Katavi, sometimes a killed chicken sprinkled with a little beer, because it is precisely here that a certain Katabi has left his soul hanging in the branches … Speak! The man was known for being a fine hunter, and especially the ancestral manager of the water resources of the region: deference not being to a letter, the park where he lived chipped his name.
Third national park of Tanzania by the size, it is possible that Katavi is the wildest, as it evokes another time. An Africa of pioneers, well before the start of tourism … There are not many people in the area, at most a few hundred visitors per year, while the Serengeti welcomes at the same time nearly 150 000 … No fencing either here, the lodges on the fingers of a hand, and they are strictly reserved for adults as the animals feel everywhere in their homes in Katavi, in the plains at the season on the outskirts of the camps, near the Katuma River or Katavi and Chada lakes during the drought. It is, moreover, in these periods of extreme aridity that Katavi shows herself in her best light, abrupt, insubordinate, with intact pride, and too bad if it is very rude, beauty is not often convenient.
Thousands of elephants, buffalo herds per thousand, giraffes, zebras, impalas, reduncas in abundance, The finest in meals for lions and spotted hyenas, unless they have been pinched before by a crocodile! … From all of Tanzania, it is Katavi which harbors the largest population of these monstrous aquatic reptiles, Some up to 5 meters long, capable of staying six months without drinking and twelve months without eating. The same goes for the hippopotamus, which has also made Katavi their favorite park, and which usually share their time between two waters: a deep winter water, to dabble in groups to the ears, the polygamous male watching Despite all an irascible eye on his harem; And a summer water, when the drought requires for these “river horses” to be satisfied with a very thin bath, in reality wallowing against each other in a basin of mud … For an eternity, not Very far from there, is lying like a cucumber lake Tanganyika, where the huge Rift Valley has finished expanding … The hippos have not changed. Nothing has changed. And we tell ourselves that the scene we have before us goes back a long time, well before the pioneers, much older than a lost soul in a tamarind tree!
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