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  • Hello Frances. Our entire trip was just excellent – we have absolutely no complaints and in fact there is nothing we would have wished to have happened differently throughout our Rwanda and Tanzania visits. So we thank Safari Consultants and yourself in particular for the expert help and guidance throughout the planning and for arranging such an amazing itinerary for us with all the local support we received throughout. Everyone must have gorilla stories – suffice it to say we were so pleased that we did the monkeys and then gorillas twice as you advised; and we were so well supported and helped (literally!) on the treks – and were just so amazed and enthralled by our gorilla encounters (including a 2 day old baby gorilla in the Agashya group!). Lamai Serengeti, as you had advised, was just perfect – we saw and learnt so much and again, as you suggested we were so pleased we had 4 nights to relax there and get to know that incredible part of Tanzania. Thank you again – and best wishes – we most certainly will be in contact again when we are considering an African trip in the future; and we will definitely be recommending Safari Consultants to our family and friends.

    Judy and Alan from Essex travelled to Rwanda and Tanzania
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Katavi National Park

Located in the south-western part of the country and part of the Lake Rukwa ecosystem, Katavi is an extremely difficult park to get to and is thus seldom visited. The park covers some 4470 sq. kms and is the third largest park in Tanzania. Dominated by the seasonal floodplains of the Kapapa and Katuma rivers, and the seasonal lakes of Chada and Katavi, the dry season of June to October is when this park comes into its own. At this time, the receding waters force herds of buffalo a thousand strong to gather, and hippo pods of over 200 to cram into diminishing pools. Crocodile pack themselves into river banks as if on a supermarket shelf, and large numbers of elephant roam with herds of zebra and impala in search of water. In the woodland areas, roan and sable antelope, kudu, and eland are found. Lion, wild dog and leopard ensure that only the fittest survive.

During the wet season, the park transforms itself into a flowering wetland paradise, attracting vast numbers of migratory birds. There is a limited road network and lots of tsetse fly – Katavi is really a park for the hardened safari traveller.

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