Katavi National Park
Katavi National Park, in Tanzania is the 3rd largest national park. It is located at the foot of Mlele escarpment towards the west of Tanzania and extends approximately 2253 square kilometers. Katavi is remote, untouched and is hardly visited despite what it offers visitors in terms of rich wildlife, a huge variety of bird species - over 400 species have been recorded, magnificent scenery that include a series of shallow lakes and marshes such as Lake Katavi, Lake Chada and River Katuma.
Katavi is home to an estimated 4,000 elephants, great herds of buffalo well over 1,000 on each herd, zebra, impalas, reedbuck, big cats such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards, hippos, spotted hyena, some endangered species like the wild dogs, sable antelope, eland. Flood plains of thick reeds and dense waterways are home to a huge population of hippo and varied birdlife. During the dry spell Katuma and Kapapa Rivers becomes the only source of the vital commodity, water to support animal lives. It's the most opportune time for quality game viewing since great numbers of animals and birds are drawn out to drink and bathe.