Katavi is Africa's best kept game viewing secret. The predominant feature is the parks enormous flood plain which is broken down by the Katuma river and some seasonal lakes.
The park really comes to life in dry season (July to October) when the shortage of water draws the game to the remaining pools and streams and where hippos and massive crocodiles congregate. Huge herds of buffalo, elephants, lions, zebra, topi and impala cover the plains. Is there a better big game viewing park anywhere at this time?
From December to February, Katavi is green and lush after the short rains, with great elephant herds and a large volume of different antelope. It's also a fantastic time for birding and everywhere you look the plains are covered in wildflowers. In May and June, it is still green and lush after the long rains, so a wonderful time of striking colour.
What makes Katavi even more special is it's remoteness from the modern day world and the sense of isolation which can be very rewarding. Tough and expensive to get to but well worth the effort, and a perfect combination with a trip to Mahale National Park.
An outstanding camp within the park that we would always recommend is Chada Camp.