BEST TIME TO VISIT KATAVI FOR A WESTERN TANZANIA SAFARI
It is more demanding to spot game which is still around, but widely scattered in the woodland, enjoying lush grazing and plenty of water in comparative safety. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are the norm. But this is the time for superlative bird-watching in incredibly beautiful landscapes.
From November to May in between the short and long rains, resident birds are in breeding plumage, nesting and rearing their young. Colorful barbets, bee-eaters, flycatchers and other avian jewels throng the woodlands while hoary hammerkop and hornbills peck on the ground. Migratory species also visit at this time giving recorded totals of over 400 avian species altogether.
During the drier months of June to October, the animals, more visible against short, dry grass, crowd into dwindling water sources in herds of thousands, and the raw savagery of natural law limits the populations to what can be sustained in the eternal balance between predator and prey.
The dry season is hot and dusty, without the idyllic charm of the growing season, but it offers life-throbbing thrills to the less squeamish realist who knows what to expect of travel in untamed Africa. From June onwards, the waters start to recede. Temperatures are not too high as it is the end of the wet season, and insect pests such as mosquitoes and tsetse fly are less prevalent.
There is still excellent bird watching with wading and fishing species, mainly storks, fish eagles, vultures and bateleur. August to October is the most spectacular game viewing season, as marshes dry to cracked earth and the ring of wildlife closes in around delicate threads of meandering rivers where crocodiles hide in dirt-caked heaps under overhangs in the banks and hippo clamber over each other to plunge into shallow mud wallows.
Thousands of herd animals plough up the dry earth as they stampede to morning and evening water holes, most evading ambushing predators by sheer weight of numbers. Even in this potential high season, you will rarely see another human being. AfricanMecca guests to Katavi are a special breed, and few of them have experienced and become addicted to the excitement of the true rhythm of East Africa, as it used to be.
Although Katavi (view map) is rarely crowded, there are very few places to stay with limited rooming capacity and these are often booked up well in advance. Even so, lower accommodation rates prevail in the wet, when only the most determined, experienced safari travelers make the assay. Logistical flight costs, park fees, activity and transfer costs remain fixed year around.
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WHERE TO STAY IN KATAVI
Within the Safari Tiered ranking system, there is great flexibility as each camp and lodge in Katavi offers a specific ambience in a very individual manner, from e.g. Mbali Mbali Katavi to Chada Camp.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN KATAVI
Katavi delivers an authentic safari experience whether it be photo stalking for a chestnut coated sable in the thickets, on the lookout for rare birds or hoping to see a cheetah bring down a duiker.
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GUIDE ON KATAVI PARK
Only a few hundred privileged and seasoned African safari enthusiasts can visit Katavi National Park each year. Arguably the most remote, finest and unspoiled wildlife haven in Tanzania.
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Jambo Raza, It was a wonderful experience in Tanzania. Thoroughly enjoyed the game drives. Rogers, our guide was superb; knowledgeable, helpful, and very friendly. Everything ran smoothly.
Alan Winner - Minnesota, United States
AfricanMecca Safaris created a remarkable honeymoon tailored to our interests and desires. The quality of service and delivery of experience was unsurpassed. I highly recommend AfricanMecca Safaris to honeymooners, families, or any traveler.
Noorin & Jason Nelson - Maryland, United States
Dear Raza, We arrived home on Sunday full of happy memories of our holiday. Emmanuel our driver was a top guide. Very knowledgeable about the animals and the parks. Thank you so much for making this a holiday to remember.
Norman & Janet Sutton - Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Raza, we had an incredible time and this is largely due to you and your staff's exceptional advice and flexibility in accommodating our needs. We will both vouch that AfricanMecca's quality for customer service is beyond reproach.
Marcy Burton & Ryan Kerr - Ontario, Canada
AfricanMecca's professionalism and care understands that what distinguishes Africa is its authenticity, the land, people and wildlife who do not share our world of fashion and fanfare that distinguish so many travel companies today.
Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson, Conservation Photographers, Authors & Wildlife Documentary Producers - USA
The AfricanMecca Safari experience was great. All the connections were spot on and the lodges and camps were great - 1st class. The safaris were great with the time spent in Ngorongoro totally outstanding. We just totally loved it, a great experience.
Bruce and Susie Ironside - New Zealand
The Tanzania safari was a trip that will remain in our memories as one of the best. The guide we had for the safari was named Babu and he was professional, knowledgeable & attentive. I will definitely use your company for any future trips.
Marian Murray - Boston, United States
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR KATAVI IN WESTERN TANZANIA
When visiting Katavi National Park, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous) or Ruaha ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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