Katavi National Park, Tanzania, in the Southwest of Tanzania.

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Isolated, untrammelled and seldom visited, 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.




4,471 sq km (1,727 sq miles).


Southwest Tanzania, east of Lake Tanganyika. The headquarters
at Sitalike lie 40km (25 miles) south of Mpanda town.

How to get there:

Charter flights from Dar or Arusha. A tough but spectacular day’s
drive from Mbeya (550 km/340 miles), or in the dry season only
from Kigoma (390 km/240 miles). It is possible to reach Mpanda
by rail from Dar via Tabora, then to catch public transport to
Sitalike, where game drives can be arranged. If travelling overland,
allow plenty of time to get there and back.

To do:

Walking, driving and camping safaris. Near Lake Katavi, visit the
tamarind tree inhabited by the spirit of the legendary hunter
Katabi (for whom the park is named) - offerings are still
left here by locals seeking the spirit’s blessing.


Eland, Sable antelope, Roan antelope, Hippopotamus,
Crocodile, Lion, Leopard, Eelephant, Zebra, Buffalo, Topi.

Birds (more than 400 species) amongst whom:

Pelican, Waterfowl.

Best time:

The dry season (May-October). Roads within the park are often
flooded during the rainy season but may be passable
from mid-December to February.


One seasonal luxury tented camp overlooking Lake Chada.
A resthouse at Sitalike and campsites inside the park. Basic but
clean hotels at Mpanda.

Source: TANAPA.

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