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  Katavi NP
Size: 2,253 km2/870 sq mi.
Wildlife & attractions: Many species, large herds, few visitors. An exclusive destination.
Getting there: By air from Arusha or Dar es Salaam to Kigoma, then by lighter aircraft to Katavi.
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Katavi National Park
Katavi National Park is situated some distance inland from Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania. It's situated in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, and includes the rift valley floor, the rift escarpment and the inland plateau above the valley. Two rivers flow through the park, through the northern and southern parts respectively, and enclose a land of open plains, forests, bushlands, lakeshores and wetlands. Map of Africa Namibia Botswana South Africa Zambia Mozambique Malawi Rwanda Tanzania Kenya Uganda
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 buffalos.

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 fly camping.

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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.

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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.

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