Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park is a Tanzanian national park created in 1974 in Katavi Region, Tanzania. It is a very remote park that is less movement than other Tanzanian national parks. The park is approximately 4,471 square kilometers (1,726 sq mi), making it the third-largest national park after Ruaha and Serengeti. Katavi encompasses the Katuma River and the seasonal Lake Katavi and Lake Chada floodplains.

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Katavi National Park
Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few brave souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as it must have been a century ago.

Tanzania’s third-largest national park lies in the remote southwest of the country, within a truncated arm of the Rift Valley that terminates in the shallow, brooding expanse of Lake Rukwa.
But the main focus for game viewing within the park is the Katuma River and associated floodplains such as the seasonal Lakes Katavi and Chada. Katavi supports the cover of tangled Brachystegia woodland, home to substantial but elusive populations of the localized eland, sable, and roan antelopes. During the rainy season, these lush, marshy lakes are a haven for myriad waterbirds, and they also support Tanzania’s densest concentrations of hippo and crocodile.

There are thousands of substantial herds of buffalo that are a regular sight, and elephants lurk around every other corner, tightly in any suitable deep pool. Katavi is one of the few remaining game reserves anywhere in Africa where you can expect to encounter more lions than you will other visitors.

best time to go

May to October and mid-December.

Katavi, What to do

Walking activities, driving, and camping safaris are possible.
Near Lake Katavi, visit the tamarind tree inhabited by the spirit of the legendary hunter Katabi (for whom the park is named) – offerings are still left here by locals seeking the spirit’s blessing.

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