Introduction to Katavi National Park

A relatively untouched wilderness, Katavi National Park is a remote paradise in Western Tanzania and home to the world’s largest buffalo herds.
Here, you’ll enjoy various safari activities and witness rich wildlife sightings without a massive crowd of tourists. Moreover, with the park’s stunning landscape backdrop, your safari experience in Katavi will be intimate and more special.

Why visit Katavi National Park?

  • Katavi National Park boasts some of Tanzania’s largest buffalo and elephant concentrations.
  • It’s less frequented by tourists due to its remoteness, making it an ideal destination for a quiet and more unique safari experience.
  • During Katavi’s dry season, you’ll witness over 200 hippos in Katuma River’s deep pools.
  • Katavi boasts many habitats, including waterways teeming with crocodiles and hippos, making game viewing more exciting.

Getting to Katavi National Park

By Road

Katavi National Park can be reached by road from Arusha. The journey from Arusha takes around 1100km/16 hours drive.

By Air

There are scheduled flights to Katavi National Park from Arusha and Dar es Salaam with Auric Air and Coastal Aviation.

Best Time to visit Katavi National Park

Katavi offers a year-round safari experience to safari-goers like the touristy northern Serengeti.
However, if you wish to have the best possible experience without getting too wet, it’s best to go to the park during the dry season, from June to October.
During this period, you will witness huge herds of wildlife grazing or gathering around watering holes, where you’ll most likely see Katavi’s most singular wildlife spectacle.
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Things to do in Katavi National Park

You may check out all the fantastic and thrilling safari activities below.

Wildlife in Katavi National Park

This vast expanse of lush savannah is home to a wide variety of incredible animals, from lions and elephants to antelope and wildebeest.

Birds in Katavi National Park

Birds are a popular sight in the diverse ecosystem of Katavi National Park, one of Tanzania’s most pristine and beautiful natural areas.

Landscape in Katavi National Park

Being the third-largest park in Tanzania, Katavi boasts a wide range of landscapes that include but are not limited to floodplains, the Usangu Plateau, and more.

Where to stay in Katavi National Park

With comfortable accommodations, amazing views, and world-class hospitality, Katavi National Park has several spectacular spots to choose from.

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Top questions answered for Katavi National Park

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Katavi National Park is famous for its vast herds of a comprehensive animal range, including some of the biggest concentrations of Cape buffalo, elephants, crocodiles, and hippos. Around 4,000 elephants are known to converge on Kituma River banks in search of water sources.

Katavi National Park was established in 1974 in the Katavi Region of Tanzania. It’s a less-frequented park, yet those who venture here are among the luckiest!

This is because it will feel like you have the entire park by yourself. Besides, you can do many thrilling activities at the park, like game drives, camping, canoeing, and walking safaris.

And stunning landscapes as a backdrop, making your trip to Katavi one of the most memorable memories in your life.

Katavi is worth visiting despite its remote location, particularly during the dry season from June to October. Many animals congregate around watering holes during this time to refresh and quench their thirst.

You’ll see, in particular, up to 600 hippos and crocodiles in the Ikuu hippo pool fighting for a free spot to plunge their bodies, avoiding the sun’s intense heat.

  • Beautiful remote location with refreshingly low numbers of visitors.
  • Varied habitats, ranging from open grasslands and wooded areas to rivers and seasonal lakes.
  • A wide array of big games is present at the park, including vast herds of thousand-strong buffalo.
  • Incredibly high populations of crocodiles and hippos.
  • Experience real bush via walking safaris.
  • The superb presence of over 400 bird species at the park.
  • Historical and cultural sites, including the legendary Katabi Tree, where the park’s name is derived from.

Among the options are the Chada Camp, Mbali Mbali Katavi, Katavi Wildlife Camp, Katuma Bush Lodge, and more. For more info, you may contact us today.

The park boasts many exciting safari activities, including fly camping, guided game drives, walking safaris, boating or canoeing, bird watching, and more.
The fastest way to reach Katavi National Park is to travel by air. It takes about 4 to 5 hours to get to Katavi by plane from Arusha or Dar es Salaam.
Katavi National Park entrance fee is $20. However, the entrance fee is included if you get a tour package.

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