The stripes of each zebra are unique and thought to deter flies.
The world's tallest animal, a group of giraffes is known as a "tower."
Vervet Monkey and Young
Vervet monkey and offspring in Katavi.
Also known as the "gnu," 1.5 million wildebeest migrate each year in search of fresh grass.
Heavily poached, the rhinoceros is the most elusive of the "Big Five."
Nile Crocodile in Katavi
There are more crocs in Katavi than anywhere else in Africa.
King of the Savannah
The largest of the big cats, the lion is also one of the "Big Five."
Commonplace but very colorful
The commonest large predator in East Africa has strong jaws that can crush bone.
Easily recognizable by their sporty black racing stripes
A pair of warthogs have a drink at a stream
This large distinctive bird of prey can often be seen wandering across the savanna.
Leopards at the Water's Edge
Strong powerful cat with distinctive spots
Olive Baboon and Young
Baboons live together in large troops.
The Saddle-billed Stork is East Africa's largest stork.
African Wild Hunting Dogs
African Wild Dogs are increasingly rare but quite beautiful.
The cape buffalo is one of the "Big Five."
A large and magnificent antelope, our Palahala Camp is named for this animal.
A slender gazelle, the gerenuk often stands on its hind legs in order to reach higher leaves.
The world's largest land mammal, the African Elephant, is also one of the "Big Five."
Katavi has one of the greatest concentrations of hippos in all of Africa.
The world's fastest land mammal, the cheetah is slender, powerful and built for speed.
A large antelope, the greater kudu has magnificent spiral horns.
These beautiful birds can often be found in the wetlands of East Africa.
Common but mostly nocturnal, the serval cat has large ears which can detect rodents burrowing under the ground.
Von der Decken's Hornbill
This male hornbill can be found in thorn scrub and similar arid habitats of East Africa.
These beautiful flamingoes can often be spotted en masse near lakes.
The black-backed jackal is the commonest of the three species of jackal found in East Africa.
These large antelopes are able to survive for a month without water, a feature that can come in handy during the dry season.
Tanzania is known for its massive diversity and concentration of wildlife. There are over three hundred species of mammals and over a thousand species of birds.
While there are many magnificent animals to be found on safari, there are five in particular which may be singled out and grouped into a special category: The Big Five. These are the cape buffalo, the elephant, the lion, the leopard, and the rhinoceros, and it’s always a fun safari activity to search for them and tick them off your list.
All five are found in Tanzania, and some are easier to spot than others. “Big Five” was a phrase coined by professional game hunters to describe both the difficulty in hunting one of these animals on foot as well as the degree of danger involved. The name endures and the hunt continues on safari, if only to capture them by camera.
While you are at it, have a look also for The Little Five: the buffalo weaver, the elephant shrew, the ant lion, the leopard tortoise, and the rhinoceros beetle.
The Great Migration is what brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Serengeti each year. The spectacle of thousands of wildebeest thundering into and splashing across the Mara River is one you will not soon forget.
One of nature’s greatest events, the Great Migration refers to the constant movement of large grazing herbivores, mostly wildebeest, in search of fresh grass. The migrating group includes 200,000 zebra, a million gazelles, and of course 1.5 million wildebeest. But where these animals are you will also find all the predators that track them, like lions, leopards, and cheetahs, so being near the Great Migration makes for some excellent all-around game viewing.