Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park in remote south-western Tanzania covers some 4500 sq. km and offers one of Africa’s wildest big game safari experiences.

Why visit Katavi National Park ?

  • Superb big game viewing in a truly remote wilderness area
  • Congregations of huge pods of hippo in the dry season
  • Crocodiles excavating holes for shelter in the banks of the Katuma River
  • Experience the peace and isolation of a wild park far from any crowds

Despite being the third largest national park in Tanzania, Katavi is also one of the least known. Just a handful of visitors reach Katavi each year, meaning that this area remains an unparalleled wilderness, an untouched landscape rich in game and lost in time.

The park’s main features are the great grassy Chada and Katasunga plains in the north and the palm-fringed Lake Chala in the south. As the dry season progresses the Katuma and Kapapa rivers become the only permanent sources of water for miles around.

Katavi boasts Tanzania’s largest populations of hippo and crocodile, whilst large herds of elephant also congregate on the riverbanks and in the reedy marshlands. On the plains thousands of zebra, impala, giraffe, topi, eland, hartebeest and Defassa waterbuck gather, with prides of lion, leopard and spotted hyena in constant attendance. Most impressive of all are the enormous herds of buffalo, thousands strong, which wander on the short grass plains.

More than 400 species of bird have been recorded across the lakes, plains, acacia woodland, swamps and palm groves of Katavi with plentiful numbers of pelicans, open-billed storks and crested cranes, as well as the beautiful golden oriole and sulphur-breasted bush shrike.

Katavi offers a remarkable wildlife experience for the true safari enthusiast.




A Visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever vaccination required if arriving from an endemic area.

Time Difference

GMT + 3 Hours

Flight Time

11.5 Hours Indirect


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