Katavi National Park A true wilderness that lies in the remote southwest of the country: isolated, unspoiled and seldom visited, it is a hidden paradise that truly comes into its own during the dry season. The Katuma River is the only source of drinking water for miles around, and flanked on either side by luscious floodplains, it supports enormous concentrations of game. An estimated 4,000 elephants might converge on the area, together with 1000-strong herds of buffalo, while an abundance of giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck provide easy pickings for the numerous prides of lion and clans of spotted hyena whose territories converge on the floodplains.
Towards the end of the dry season, a rather unusual wildlife spectacle takes place. Up to 200 hippos wallow together in any riverine pool of sufficient depth, and as their numbers increase, their territories diminish and male rivalries reach their climax, resulting in fierce, bloody battles.
Mahale is without doubt one of the most unique safari destinations in Africa. Located in the far west of the country, Mahale lies on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and its National Park is only accessible on foot. Here, tucked away in the depths of the forest, is a flourishing community of chimpanzees: the opportunity to encounter these great animals in their natural habitat is a privilege second to none. There is a wide range of activities in the area to make this one of the most extraordinary destinations in Africa.