​User Reviews – Katavi NP

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Lise Pedersen   –  
Denmark DK
Visited: January 2019 Reviewed: Feb 13, 2019

Email Lise Pedersen  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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Long driving distances from game drive areas to camp! Flamingos and lions were very special here, but also a lot of fine birds.

Owen Shaffer   –  
Kenya KE
Visited: August 2017 Reviewed: Dec 18, 2017

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One of my favorite safari locations
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I stayed at Chada Katavi for seven nights in August of last year. I have to say that Katavi offers one of the highest levels of bush vibe in Africa.
The wildlife viewing was simply outstanding. I've never seen bigger pods of hippos nor more crocodiles as well as massive herds of buffalo and topi. There were lots of elephants and they often came into camp. I saw lions and leopards.

I went fly camping for two nights and on one night drive. Fly camping was particularly enjoyable. My night drive was simply awesome. One can go for hours without seeing another person.

Eleanore Avery   –  
United States US
Visited: February 2012 Reviewed: Apr 19, 2017

Email Eleanore Avery  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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Very remote in western part...I only stopped there on way to Mahale park. canals restrict viewing because you cannot cross canals. Lots of Hippos.

Philippe Z.   –  
Norway NO
Visited: January 2011 Reviewed: Mar 16, 2017

Email Philippe Z.  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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A great place, like Ruaha, with great wildlife viewing. Actualy fantastic lions viewing in some part of it (sorry i won t say exacly where) when I visited in october 2009. We also saw hyenas, elephants, lots of giraffes, large herds of buffalos, diferent species of antelopes, crocs, birdlife etc.

Selestinus Emanuel   –  
Tanzania TZ
Visited: October 2014 Reviewed: Mar 24, 2016

Email Selestinus Emanuel  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Isolated, untrammelled and seldom visited park
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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 truncated arm of the Rift Valley that terminates in the shallow, brooding expanse of Lake Rukwa. Katavi’s most singular wildlife spectacle is provided by its hippos. Towards the end of the dry season, up to 200 individuals might flop together in any riverine pool of sufficient depth. And as more hippos gather in one place, so does male rivalry heat up – bloody territorial fights are an everyday occurrence, with the vanquished male forced to lurk hapless on the open plains until it gathers sufficient confidence to mount another challenge.

Andre Gilden   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: October 2014 Reviewed: May 2, 2015

50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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Many buffalo in the park and lions which hunt on the buffalo. Nice marshes which provide water to the wildlife.

Justin   –  
Canada CA
Visited: November 2014 Reviewed: Apr 28, 2015

Email Justin  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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This park is amazing!! Easily one of my favourite parks. If you think Ruaha has a bush vibe, this one trumps it. We had lions lying within feet of the car window, giraffes showing up at our door at the bandas, hundreds upon hundreds of hippos crammed into small mud pools. We saw lions taking down hippos, a beautiful leopard at close range etc. Katavi is as remote as it gets! We spent 8 hours waiting under a mango tree for a bus out of Sitalike heading towards Namanyere! This place is remote and rugged and I highly recommend it for a solid adventure.

Andrew Steiger Visited: November 2013 Reviewed: Dec 28, 2013

an incredible number of hippos and up close
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Katavi is a wonderful Place of the World, with many Animals.
We drive in the Park in the dry Time, the Natur is then not so green, but the Animals are then watch masse. We look on the Game Drive Lions in the starting phase on the hunting, directly Elephant on the Road and masses of other Animals. The most impressiv experience was the many Hippos, the Hippos urge in the last Water in the Park.
I would return in any case again to Katavi.

Marion   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: September 2012 Reviewed: Nov 6, 2012

Email Marion  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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Absolutely superb. Hardly anyone is there and you are completely at one with nature, it's peaceful and full of hundreds of animals!

Bob Gunderson   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2011 Reviewed: Aug 1, 2012

65+ years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Katavi is a place to consider for experienced safari goers who want a wilderness experience.
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Katavi National Park presents a bit of a mixed bag. It is remote and therefore expensive to get to. Its remoteness does provide a better safari/bush experience but its very remoteness means fewer roads which force the few vehicles and visitors on them. But, it is a world away from the traffic in the Ngorongoro Crater and therefore will provide a truer safari experience for those seeking it.

I have some difficulty recommending Katavi for a first time safari. It is better suited to a repeat visitor who might know more of what to expect from the safari experience. We were there in August and experienced lots of tsetse flies and reports of blazing heat later in the fall. However, I do not wish to imply that all was negative. In what was our third trip to Africa that included visits to nine parks we saw the largest herds of Cape Buffalo, more Hippos and more Crocodiles in Katavi than in any park we visited. We also we fortunate to see herds Roan Antelope, wonderful Lion prides and some fantastic birding.

Much of the safari experience is dependent on the quality of the accommodations and the expertise of the guides. Chada Katavi was a first-rate camp with excellent food, hospitality and accommodations. Even if the camp Elephants were not always cooperative it was a blast to see one about 75 yards away when in the shower.

The Nomad guides were first rate. They have enormous knowledge, are pleasant and go out of there way to make the safari experience as rich as possible. The ability to go on a short walking safari was a big plus. Nomad Tanzania and Chada Katavi get the highest possible recommendations.

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