The third largest national park in Tanzania, Katavi offers wildlife in abundance. It boasts Tanzania’s greatest concentration of Buffalo and Hippopotamus. Huge herds of Elephants, Roan Antelope, Topi, Zebras, Impalas, Eland, Waterbuck and more, make Katavi a haven for predators like Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dogs. Birdlife at Lake Katavi, particularly in the wet season, is also abundant and includes Plovers, Sand grouse and the Spurring wing Goose.
Named after a legendary hunter called “Katabi”. Katavi was established in 1974, and is one of the most remote, vast, natural and pristine parks in Africa. It is located in southwest Tanzania, east of Lake Tanganyika in the Mpanda district, Rukwa region.
The landscape is dominated by two seasonal lakes called Katavi and Chada, along with miombo woodland, grass plains to the north and riverine vegetation. Mlele escarpment and the waterfalls of Chorangwa, Lukima and Ndido.
The rainfall pattern is bimodal, with short rains in November and December, and longer rains in March through May. The park is open throughout the year but is best to visit in May and October, and mid December to February.