A Day in the Park

 
Observing Hippos in The Park

Despite living on its doorstep, few local community members have ever got a chance to visit Katavi National Park.  Each year, we organize for park visits to community members from villages bordering this park through our program “A Day in the Park”.  The goal of this program is to give locals a chance to visit this area of great natural beauty, 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 also maintain the bond between TANAPA (the park’s staff) and the community.

During “A Day in the Park”, people visit many of Katavi’s finest sites including; Lake Chada where the Mpimbwe god ‘Katabi’ is thought to have herd his hippopotami and the extensive Katsunga plain which harbors a big number of herbivores. They are also given talks by TANAPA staff sergeants and rangers on the benefits of park and emphasize on the role of the locals in ensuring long term survival of the park for the benefit of the current and future generation.

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.