Tim Bewer
United States US
Aug 4, 2014 August 4, 2014

Tim is a travel writer who has covered 10 African countries for Lonely Planet's Africa, East Africa and West Africa guidebooks.

Category: Best Kept Safari Secrets

In my opinion there is no finer wildlife watching in East Africa than the Serengeti, but the crowds can get irritating.

There can be such a traffic jam for a lion or other significant sighting that you have to wait in line to see it. That's not to say avoid the Serengeti – a Tanzanian safari isn't complete without it – but your overall trip will be better if you also get to parks that lie outside the Northern Circuit.

And none round out the experience better than Katavi National Park, which gets fewer visitors all year than the Serengeti gets in a single day. In my two half-days in the park I spotted a good variety of wildlife, but didn't pass another safari truck.