A Day in the Park

Observing Hippos in The Park

Despite living on its doorstep, few local community have ever visited Katavi National Park.  Each year community member from villages bordering Katavi National Park visit the Park for a “Day in the Park”.  The goal of this project is to give local community a chance to learn about wildlife and the environment in order to encourage them to participate in its conservation, bestow an understanding of the importance of its protection and to encourage TANAPA (the park’s staff) to interact with the community.

During their “Day in the Park” they visit many of Katavi’s finest sites, including Lake Chada where the Mpimbwe god ‘Katabi’ is thought to herd his hippopotami. They also are given presentations by TANAPA staff sergeants and rangers in which they learn about the benefits of national parks, are introduced to the role of the Tanzanian National Parks in nature conservation and discuss the threats to wildlife.

This project in Mpimbwe was started under MIMAMPI but is now coordinated by LCMO in collaboration with Katavi National Park (KANAPA). In 2011 funds were raised through TUSK Trusk and Nomad Trust to purchase a coaster bus that is dedicated by TANAPA for community park trips especially for school children.