Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park            
Katavi National Park in western Tanzania is remote and wild, a destination for the true safari aficionado. The name of the park immortalises a legendary hunter, Katabi, whose spirt is believed to possess a tamarind tree ringed with offerings from locals begging his blessing.Despite being Tanzania's third largest park, Katavi sees relatively few visitors, meaning that those guestss who arrive here can look forward to having this hugh untouched wilderness to themselves. The park's  main feature  are the watery grass plains to the north, the palm-fringed Lake Chada in the south-east, and the Katuma River. Katavi boasts Tanzania's greatest population of both crocodile and hippopotamus. Lion and leopards find prey among the huge populations of herbivores at Katavi  - impala, eland, topi, zebra,and herds of up to 1,600 buffalo wander the short grass plains. The rare, honey-coloured puku antelope is one of the park's richest wildlife viewing rewards. A kaleidoscope of birds fit across the riverbanks, swamps and palm groves while flotillas of pelican cruise the lakes and elephant graze waist deep in the marshlands.Katavi is best visited in the dry season between May and October, December and February.