Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park

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Overview

Covering an area of 4,471 sq km (1,727 sq miles), Katavi National Park is the third largest park in Tanzania.The remote location of the park offers dramatic scenery is as varied as it is pristine. Katavi’s true wilderness provides the intrepid travellers a thrilling taste of Africa. The park is tricky to access and pretty costly to visit. For many, the park is an untouched, unique experience, and absolutely worth visiting. Katavi is one of the best parks in Africa and a perfect destination to set up camps in the heart of the wilderness. Walking safaris, game drives, bird watching safaris, camping and picnicking are the activities visitors can enjoy in Katavi.

Wildlife

Katavi’s wilderness harbours a good concentration of animals such as elephants, buffalos, zebras, Hartebeests, giraffes, waterbucks, topis, impalas and wild dogs. Spotted hyenas are frequently seen while leopards are rare to see.

Katavi National Park is at its best in the dry season, when the plains fill with thousands of animals coming for miles to water sources. The surrounding areas of Katuma and Kapapa rivers present the best view with the gathering of wildlife and crocodiles lying in the mud holes.

Birdlife

Katavi National Park hosts a wide variety of colourful birds. The 400 different species of birds include a large flock of open-billed, saddlebilled storks, spoonbills, crested cranes, pink-backed pelicans, and African golden orioles, paradise fly-catchers, pennant-winged nightjars, Raptors and many more.

Katavi National Park

Best Time To Visit

Katavi National Park experiences the peak wildlife view during the dry season (May to October). This is the time when the vegetation becomes thinner and wild animals gather around the Katuma River to quench their thirst.

The wet season (November to April) the wildlife viewing becomes a challenge due to the thick bush.

Katavi National Park

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Katavi National Park

How To Go

How To Go

Your entry point to the land is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), about 46km/29mi from Arusha, or Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam.

The best way to get to Katavi is by a flight from Arusha.

Normally, your tour operator will pick you up from the airport and make further arrangements.

Uniqueness

  • With its existing size of 4470km2, Katavi National Park is the third largest park in Tanzania.
  • Katuma River boasts one of the largest populations of Hippo and Croc and provided a habitat for an abundance of water fowl.
  • The croc caves along the bank are fascinating sight for the visitors.
Katavi National Park

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Katavi National Park

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Good general wildlife viewing in the Dry seaso
  • Unusual antelope species, like sable and roan
  • Very exclusive and doesn't get crowded

Cons

  • Difficult to get accommodations in peak seasons
  • The Wet season is not good for wildlife viewing

Activities

  • Game Drives
  • Bird WatchinG
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
Katavi National Park

Activities

Katavi National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation

Safari style accommodations are available in Katavi National Park. Camps, lodges and hotels are available in a good number. The camps are located in the heart of the wilderness.

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Location

Katavi National is located in Katavi Region, Tanzania. It can be accessed easily through charter flights.

Your entry point to the land is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), about 46km/29mi from Arusha, or Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam.

The best way to get to Katavi is by a flight from Arusha.

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