The essence of a safari game drive
Venture into the pristine wilderness of the Katavi National Park in an open 4×4 safari vehicle, hosted by an expert ranger. The park is hailed for its vast herds of buffalo, which roam the magnificent plains, as well as for its flourishing elephant, lion, leopard, crocodile and hippo populations. The park features a series of wide flood plains, blond with waist high grass in the early dry season, and reminiscent of the Okavango Delta after the rains. Connecting the main flood plains of Ngolema, Katisunga, Katavi and Chada is a network of fragile seasonal rivers. It is these rivers that form the focus of the game viewing for which Katavi is renowned during the dry season.
If you are after an intrepid adventure and travelling off the beaten track, then this Tanzanian safari sanctuary is for you. Avid game viewers and those wanting to immerse themselves in the wild, can explore for days knowing that they may not come across another tourist.
Katavi is abundant with magnificent wildlife and boasts marshy, quaggy floodplains that teem with hippos and crocodiles. Cast your eyes to the treetops and spectacular birds flutter their radiance. Heaving as a beautiful dignified mass, 4,000-strong elephant herds make their way to the banks of Katuma in the dry season. Baronial buffalo roam the expanse and wily predators are exposed to a sumptuous buffet of giraffe, zebra, and impala.
Swarming with an abundance of zebra, topi, impala, hartebeest, giraffe, and Defassa waterbuck, the Park in dry season is simply a magnificent sight. Fascinating to see is the interaction of the multitude of animals and the lion-buffalo synergy. Frequently seen here is the Spotted hyena with the elusive leopard emerging on the woodland fringes. Wild dog do prowl here but prefer to stick to the escarpment.