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Katavi National Park

A Remote Park with Large Animal Populations

Location & Geography:

Located in the southwestern part of Tanzania, Katavi National Park is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of East Africa. This remote park offers an untouched wilderness experience, boasting vast plains, dense woodlands, and abundant wildlife. Surrounded by notable landmarks such as Lake Tanganyika and the Mahale Mountains, Katavi National Park stands out for its unique geographical location and stunning topographical features.

Situated in the western branch of the East African Rift Valley, Katavi National Park encompasses an area of approximately 4,471 square kilometers. Its landscape is characterized by vast floodplains, encompassing seasonal lakes, rivers, and marshes. During the dry season, these floodplains transform into a magnet for wildlife, attracting large animal populations seeking water and food.

Historical Significance:

Despite its remote location, Katavi National Park holds historical significance as it was once home to several indigenous tribes. These tribes, including the Bende and the Rungwa, inhabited the region for centuries, relying on the park’s resources for their survival. Today, traces of their cultural milestones can still be found within the park, offering visitors a glimpse into the area’s rich history.

Main Attractions:

The main attractions in Katavi National Park are undoubtedly its thriving wildlife populations. Visitors to the park can expect to encounter vast herds of buffalo, elephants, zebras, and antelopes roaming freely across the plains. The park is also home to one of the largest concentrations of hippos and crocodiles in Tanzania, making it an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

Activities and Experiences:

Apart from game drives and wildlife viewing, there are various activities and experiences to engage in during a visit to Katavi National Park. Walking safaris provide a unique opportunity to explore the park’s diverse ecosystems on foot, immersing oneself in the sights, sounds, and scents of the African bush. For those seeking a more adventurous experience, fly camping can be arranged, allowing visitors to spend a night under the stars, surrounded by the untamed wilderness.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Katavi National Park is during the dry season, which runs from late May to early November. During this time, the floodplains recede, concentrating wildlife around the remaining water sources. The weather is typically warm and dry, with clear blue skies, making it perfect for game drives and outdoor activities.

Getting There:

Getting to Katavi National Park requires some planning, as it is a remote destination. The most convenient way to reach the park is by flying to Mpanda Airport, located approximately 40 kilometers from the park entrance. From there, a short drive or transfer can be arranged to reach the park. Alternatively, for those seeking an adventurous journey, a combination of road and bush flights can be organized from other major cities in Tanzania.

Inclusions:

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Park fees and permits
  • Professional mountain guides and porters
  • Meals during the trek

Exclusions:

  • Airfare.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.

5 DAYS TEST OF TANZANIA SAFARI

SEASONS: RATE A PER PERSON SHARING:
2024 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax 7 Pax SRS

Low Season
1st Apr – 31st May

USD 2,158 USD 1,753 USD 1,550 USD 1,428 USD 1,347 USD 1,290 USD 214

High Season
1st Nov – 15th Dec

USD 2,272 USD 1,866 USD 1,664 USD 1,542 USD 1,462 USD 1,403 USD 255

Peak Season 1st Jan – 31st Mar
1st Jun – 31st Oct
16th – 31st Dec

USD 2,386 USD 1,982 USD 1,779 USD 1,657 USD 1,576 USD 1,518 USD 300

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