toilets on Safari - any pictures ?

Apr 4th, 2007, 08:54 AM
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toilets on Safari - any pictures ?

Our safari (Kenya and Tanzania) is planned for June and I have read, with interest, the info on toilets while out on safari - some of those described as being "holes in the floor" as I understand. So don't laugh but someone out there must have taken pictures of these "holes" and other toilets - so can someone post one or two for sharing. It might be nice to know exactly what to expect.
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Apr 4th, 2007, 09:12 AM
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This link is typical of some I saw. I also have stayed at accommodations in Tanzania with bathroom fixtures like you would find in your home.
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Apr 4th, 2007, 09:32 AM
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Although not a safari toilet here is a picture of a toilet "shack" on Kilimanjaro - possibly the highest in Africa at the top camp before the summit. Notice if you will a lack of door, and imagine also how hard it must have been to dig a hole into that volcanic rock - impossible. Now imagine that little indentation overflowing and stinking... nice
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Apr 4th, 2007, 09:36 AM
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The women's bathrooms at the Ng. Crater and Serengeti ranger stations have many stalls and a few of the stalls have nice flush toilets.
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Apr 4th, 2007, 09:59 AM
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I figure they can't be any worse than the many pit toilets I encountered in Hong Kong--usually without toilet paper--or the long drop toilets in so many campgrounds. When I came back, I thanked my mother for teaching me when I was young to squat over the lid of a strange toilet without actually touching it...

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Apr 4th, 2007, 11:22 AM
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I don't know where the picture of the toilet is on my site.
But I do have video of a nice hole in the ground in the Serengeti

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Starts around 7 minutes into the video.

This was one of the best
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Apr 4th, 2007, 11:26 AM
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We passed by a 'toilet' shack in Tsavo in Kenya. It was literally a breeze block cubicle with 3 walls and a cloth curtain covering the 4th. It was no more than a hole in the ground inside!!!
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Apr 4th, 2007, 01:16 PM
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I didn't take photos but the toilets in Lake Manyara are spectacular. Brand new and sparkling, western-style. Not to be missed. I expected the same thing at Ngorongoro the next day but was sorely disappointed!
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Apr 4th, 2007, 01:34 PM
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If you look carefully behind this tree in the middle of the Masi Mara you will see the toilet
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Apr 4th, 2007, 01:39 PM
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Should not this have been posted/started on April 1?
regards - tom
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Apr 5th, 2007, 05:20 AM
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Thanks for the replies and the pics --- a picture really is worth a thousand words! and to Cary999 --- I guess this could have been placed on 1 April - but I was serious when I asked for pictures --- for those of us that have heard about the toilets but have never been to Africa or other 3rd world countries --- it is not a joke and hard to understand what they are like! Thanks again everyone!
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Apr 5th, 2007, 06:13 AM
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The holes in the ground we came across were no worse than many French toilets believe me! But most places seemed to have several normal toilets too. The tented camps had chemical toilets which were fine.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 07:53 AM
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When you return I expect a full report and photo layout on "The Toilets of Tanzania!"

Have a great safari.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 12:09 PM
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You don't have to be in 3rd-world countries to find "hole in the ground" twoilettes! I've seen them in France (various places), Istanbul (other places in Turkey), Amman. Was surprised to see them at Narita (Japan), airport, but these were beautiful.

While some of those one comes across in lots of places around the world are "nasty" you'd be surprised how many are nicely tiled stalls, that are quite agreeable if you have no other choice.

I've been known to pass on some of those nasty loos, believing I can hold it till one that I can deal with might be right down the road. NOT! When you've gotta go, you gotta go!
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