| The Katavi wildlife includes some species not seen in the popular safari parks of
northern Tanzania (Serengeti, Ngorongoro
etc), for example puku, southern reedbuck, roan antelope and sable antelope. There are
also waterbucks, lions and leopards. The park is famed for its huge herds of African
More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in Katavi, among these many water
birds and birds of prey. You may see for example go-away birds, parrots, mousebirds,
nightjars and black herons. Even black-browed albatross has been recorded.
Katavi is remote, and the only realistic way of getting there is by air from Arusha,
Dar es Salaam or Ruaha. The park has very few visitors, compared to other good parks
such as Serengeti, and offers good game viewing. It is an expensive safari destination,
though, as chartering flights, exclusive accommodation etc sum up. The best time to
visit is during the dry season from June to October. Many roads within the parks may
be impassable during the long rains lasting from March to May.
Lodges and camps
Katuma Bush Lodge is a tented lodge with fairly good tourist standard,
situated in central Katavi. It has six tents with ensuite bathroom and veranda
overlooking the floodplains outside. The lodge has a dining area, a bar and a
campfire at night. The main safari activities are game drives, bush walks and
Web site: www.mbalimbali.com
Chada Camp is situated in central Katavi. It is set right in the bush and
has a campfire safari atmosphere, but also offers good quality. The camp has six
furnished tents with ensuite bathrooms, and dining and lounging facilities. The
activities are focused on game drives, bush walks, bird watching and fly camping.
Web site: www.chada-katavi.com
Katavi Wilderness Camp, or Katavi Fox Camp, is in central Katavi. There
are six spacious safari tents with ensuite bathrooms, a dining tent, and safari
activities such as game drives and bush walks.
Web site: www.tanzaniasafaris.info