Katavi National Park

Far off the beaten tourist track in Tanzania’s western countryside, Katavi National Park is to some, the most magnificent safari destination in the country. Receiving a fraction of the visitors other parks and reserves get, Katavi is blissfully private and rugged. It is perhaps best known for its huge buffalo herds and dry season populations of zebra, impala, topi, giraffe, and defassa waterbuck, which gather thirstily at the banks of the Katuma and Kapapa Rivers, which during July, August, and September hold the only real supply of water around. Pods of hippo jostle in the rivers, and plenty of crocodiles lurk and bask silently, camouflaged in the shallows. The lack of crowds only work to enhance the wildlife experience in this “hidden secret” of Tanzania.

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Those who know their wildlife know that lions are expert buffalo hunters, and with so many buffalo herds ambling across the Katavi landscape, there are bound to be lions. Some say the battles that break out between these two powerful species is iconic in Katavi, offering up so exceptionally exciting game viewing. What makes Katavi such a special destination might be that it is bypassed in favour of the easily accessed Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Katavi is in the remote western safari corridor of the country and is excellently paired with a trip to Mahale Mountains National Park. Real safari enthusiasts make the journey out to Katavi, well, because it’s worth it!

Accommodation in Katavi National Park

Chada Katavi

Chada Katavi

Chada Katavi is much the same camp that it was when it began – designed to be a stylishly simple bushcamp, with everything you need and nothing you dont, small and intimate with just six East African safari tents. Each of them is spacious and comfortable with wide-open fronts giving you panoramic views of the plain and animal life that constantly comes and goes. Explore on walking safaris, game drives in open 4WD vehicles, night drives, or perhaps head out into the bush for a night fly camping under the stars. Elephant are frequent visitors, attracted to the same shady fruit trees as our guests.

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Mbali Mbali Katavi

Mbali Mbali Katavi

In the center of Katavi National Park lies Mbali Mbali Katavi, offering an exciting bush experience with breathtaking views over the vast plains of Katisunga. It is ideal for those looking for a truly remote experience. In this park, you will find animals curious and unfamiliar to human contact. The flotillas of pelican are a special sight. The lodge has been designed to blend in with its surroundings to avoid distracting from the beauty of Katavi, and herds of animals can be seen right from your tent.

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