Expert Reviews – Katonga WR
Tim is a travel writer who has covered 10 African countries for Lonely Planet's Africa, East Africa and West Africa guidebooks.
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Not the right place for everybody
I like this reserve, I really do, but first-time safariers should give it a pass; and even returners will want to consider whether it’s the right destination for them. There just isn’t much wildlife here, although since it’s seldom visited you might have the whole place to yourself like I did. Most visitors take a short canoe ride through the papyrus swamp, which has a few hippo and otter, and on a game drive or bush walk you might meet buffaloes, elephants, black-and-white colobus, or sitatungas, an elusive antelope that’s rarely seen in other parks but relatively easy to find here. Accommodation is very basic both inside and outside the reserve, so if you want to get an early start (which is best for sitatunga sightings) be prepared to rough it a little.