#8. Katavi, Tanzania: spot the remotest herds at Chada Katavi
This off-the-beaten-track wildlife mecca is among the very best that Tanzania, if not the whole of Africa, has to offer! Isolated, wild, rugged, beautiful… all these words can be used to describe this almost-unheard-of national park, but the reality is that Katavi is so much more than that.
Katavi is Tanzania’s third-largest national park, and all that space is filled with big game, a serious variety of birds, and not much else – there are no luxury lodges here, just a couple of no-frills authentic camps where safari is the be all and end all. The best months to visit are without doubt between August and October, when it is dry season, as the floodwaters retreat and Katavi comes to life. An estimated 4,000 elephants, 1,000 buffalo, and an abundance of antelope congregate on the plains. To see these remote herds of elephant, we suggest staying at the classic camp Chada. Similar in many ways to the Serengeti’s mobile camps, it’s a perfect fit for such a wild and remote national park.