Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park

One of Tanzania’s most remote parks, known for its large buffalo herds and unspoiled wilderness.

Katavi National Park, located in the remote western part of Tanzania, is one of the country’s most pristine and least-visited national parks. Covering approximately 4,471 square kilometers, this vast wilderness offers a truly untouched safari experience. Known for its large herds of buffalo and an incredible variety of wildlife, Katavi provides an authentic and off-the-beaten-path adventure for those seeking solitude and raw nature.

What to Expect

Visitors to Katavi National Park can expect a safari experience unlike any other. The park is renowned for its enormous herds of buffalo, which can number in the thousands during the dry season. These herds attract numerous predators, including large prides of lions, making for thrilling wildlife encounters. Additionally, Katavi is home to significant populations of elephants, hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, and various antelope species.

The park’s diverse landscapes include floodplains, grasslands, woodlands, and seasonal lakes, creating a rich tapestry of habitats that support a wide range of flora and fauna. The Katuma River, along with the seasonal Lake Katavi and Lake Chada, plays a crucial role in sustaining the park’s wildlife, particularly during the dry season when water becomes scarce.

Activities and Highlights

  • Game Drives: Enjoy morning, afternoon, and full-day game drives with knowledgeable guides.
  • Walking Safaris: Experience the park’s flora and fauna up close on a guided walk.
  • Birdwatching: Discover a variety of bird species, including raptors and waterbirds.
  • Cultural Visits: Engage with the local community and visit nearby villages.
  • Photography: Capture stunning images of wildlife, landscapes, and picturesque floodplains.


Katavi National Park offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury lodges and tented camps to more rustic bush camps. Each provides a unique experience, whether you’re looking for comfort, adventure, or an authentic wilderness experience.

Travel Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry season (June to October) is ideal for wildlife viewing as animals congregate around water sources. The wet season (November to May) can be more challenging for game drives but offers lush landscapes and fewer tourists.
  • What to Pack: Bring lightweight clothing, a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a good camera. Warm clothing is recommended for cool mornings and evenings. Insect repellent is also essential.
  • Health and Safety: Ensure you have the necessary vaccinations and anti-malaria medication. Always follow your guide’s instructions and respect the wildlife and local communities.

Explore the unspoiled wilderness and abundant wildlife of Katavi National Park with Wild Call Tanzania Safaris, where every safari promises unforgettable encounters with nature and adventure.


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