Katavi National Park

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About Katavi National Park

Katavi is pure wilderness. This classic dry-season park is completely off the beaten-track, but teeming with wildlife.

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4471km² / 1727mi²
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816-1634m / 2677-5361ft
Pros and Cons
  • Good general wildlife viewing in the Dry season
  • Hippo pods converge in spectacular numbers in the Dry season
  • Unusual antelope species, like sable and roan
  • Very exclusive and doesn't get crowded
  • Difficult to get to and accommodation options are limited
  • Animals are scattered during the Wet season and most lodges are closed from March to May


There might not be the biggest variety of game on the average drive, but sightings tend to be spectacular and you'll mostly have them to yourself. While lions are very common, the more remarkable sightings are buffalo herds that number in the thousands and the hippos, which are pushed into small pools as the river dries up. Pods of them have to share too small a place and fights are a common sight.
More about Katavi's wildlife


The habitat is mainly grassland savannah and brachystegia woodland on the east of the park. In the Wet season the place transforms to lush marshes and shallow lakes, leaving behind dusty floodplains in the Dry season.

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By Selestinus Emanuel from TanzaniaTZ

Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few intrepid 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, it lies in the remote southwest of the country, within a t... Full review

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