Katavi National Park


Katavi National Park is the third-largest national park in Tanzania and is known for its diverse and wild habitats, along with its remoteness. The park consists of grasslands, woodlands, and swamp areas and is said to be home to roughly 50 different species of animals.

As the park is located on the western side of Tanzania, the number of visitors that the park receives annually is low, making it a lush and vibrant, un-touched spectacle teeming with wildlife and perfect for a unique game-viewing experience. Hundreds of hippos and crocodiles can be seen converging at mud holes in the landscape, found during the dry seasons. Large herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, and more can also be found roaming the park during the dry season.

Katavi National Park Highlights

  • Remote location with refreshingly low numbers of annual visitors
  • Varied habitats from open grasslands to wooded areas to seasonal lakes and rivers
  • A wide array of large game, including impressive herds of thousand-strong buffalo
  • Densest populations of hippo and crocodile in Tanzania
  • Walking safaris are allowed at Katavi for a real bush experience
  • Incredible birdlife with over 400 species
  • A number of cultural and historical sites, including the legendary Katabi Tree

The Katavi savannah becomes a swamp during the wet season of March to May and we wouldn't recommend these months. However, it's the perfect place to come and escape the crowds during Tanzania's peak visitor season of June to September. You always enjoy stunning encounters in Katavi and we think this is one of Tanzania's best-kept secrets.

Un-Spoilt Wildlife Viewing In The Country's Third-Largest National Park

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Special Things About Katavi National Park

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Katavi National Park Wildlife

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A Plethora Of Activities At Katavi National Park

A wide range of activities makes it easy to spend three or more days in Katavi. High on anyone's list should be a mobile camping experience, a chance to be in the heart of the wilderness and open all your senses to the animal cast. Rather than drive around, you explore the surrounding area on foot, enabling a very raw connection with nature.

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Places We Love To Stay In Katavi National Park

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