Katavi National Park one of the Western Tanzania Safari is remote and wild, a destination for the true safari . Katavi National Park situated in Mpanda district, the Park cover an area of 4471 km², Together with the neighboring Rukwa, Lukwati and Luafi Game Reserves and numerous forest reserves, this ecosystem of 25 000 km² is the heart of one of the biggest and richest wildlife areas in Tanzania. Katavi National Park got its name from the spirit Katabi (from the Wabende tribe).
Wildlife in Katavi National Park.
The park’s main features are the watery grass plains to the north, the palm-fringed lake Chada in the southeast and the Katuma River. Katavi boasts Tanzania’s greatest populations of both crocodile and hippopotamus. Lion and leopard find prey among the huge populations of herbivores at Katavi – impala, eland, topi, zebra and herds of up to 1600 buffalo wander the short grass plains. The rare, honey-colored puku antelope is one of the park’s richest wildlife viewing rewards. A kaleidoscope of birds flit across the riverbanks swamps and palm groves while flotillas of pelican cruise the lakes. Elephant graze waist-deep in the marshlands
Tourist’s activities in Katavi National Park.
Nature walks, game driving and camping safaris.
Near Lake Katavi, visit the tamarind tree inhabited by the spirit of the legendary hunter Katabi (for whom the park is named) – offerings are still left here by locals seeking the spirit’s blessing.