Katavi National Park Safari

The third largest park in Tanzania, Katavi National Park is also one of the country's more remote areas offering the chance to step back in time to a classic Africa of bygone days. Set in a section of the Great Rift Valley, the park is awash with natural beauty and a booming diversity of wildlife. The park is covered in brachystegia woodland and is popular with grazers such as roan antelopes and eland.

Katavi National Park Highlights

  • A remote, quiet and completely untamed Africa
  • Amazing game viewing during the dry season
  • Incredible hippo populations
  • Some of the biggest herds of buffalo found anywhere in Africa
  • The immense Lake Rukwa
  • The third largest national park in Tanzania
Chada Katavi game drive shower Chada Katavi elephant on the Chada plains Chada Katavi hippos on a Katavi National Park safari

Boat trips along the Katuma River are one of the best ways to view wildlife in Katavi. During the wet season the river and seasonal lakes provide plenty of sustenance for the many animals in the park. The lakes Chada and Katavi are particularly popular with crocodile and hippo, with the area supporting the densest concentrations of these animals in all of Tanzania.

However, for the best wildlife viewing on a Katavi National Park safari visiting during the dry season is the best option. At this time of year the floodplains, river and lakes retract and the thin trickle that is left of the Katuma River is the only source of water for the thousands of animals that call the park home. Plains game along with thousands of elephant, converge on the area desperate for a drink. The main attraction though, is hippos who mass in tremendous numbers, sometimes with 200 wallowing together at once. Explore this secluded slice of Africa with thrilling walking safaris and game drives into the wilderness.

Selected Katavi National Park Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Katavi National Park

Epic Tanzania safari

Days
21
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $15,770 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Mahale Mountains National Park, Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park Accommmodation

  • Chada Katavi Client Score: Not yet rated

    Delivering a reliably excellent wilderness experience, this tented camp offers an intimate setting and incredible game sightings, particularly of hippo.

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