KATAVI NATIONAL PARK
Although Katavi National Park is Tanzania's third
largest national park, it is one of the least visited savannah reserves.
Wildlife viewing is excellent during the dry season of June through October,
when game concentrates around the three floodplains in the park. The park's
lifeline is the Katuma River, which all but dries out during the dry season.
Hundreds of hippos can be seen occupying small pools during the dry season and
bloody hippo fights are a common occurrence. Crocodile, buffalo, elephant and
lion are seen in the park along with many antelope species. Katavi should be
avoided during the rainy season when mosquitoes are abundant and game viewing
difficult. However, during the dry season it is a spectacular site and is
reminiscent of what safaris were like 30 years ago.