Katavi National Park is suitable for backpackers, as it is one of the cheapest and easiest parks to visit. It has a vast grassy expanse at the heart of the park. Small rivers and large swamps support huge population of hippos and crocodiles. Katavi has more than 400 species of birds.During the dry season the park comes to life, when the floodplain dry up and elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, elands, topis and many more gather at the remaining water. The parks hippos are standout; upto a thousand in a time gather in a single, muddy pool at the end of dry season and its buffaloes.Katavi is home to largest remaining buffalo herds in Africa and it’s not unusual to see over a thousand of these steroid-fueled bovines at one time.Walking safari with an armed ranger and bush camping are permitted throughout the park. This makes it a great park for budget travellers. It is a good walking destination.