Although grand in scope, Katavi’s remoteness makes it the least visited of Tanzania’s major savanna reserves. This makes the park the ideal safari destination for those seeking a true bush experience.
Katavi lies within western region of Tanzania and encompasses the Katuma River and the seasonal Lake Katavi and Lake Chada floodplains. This somewhat obscure location makes the park rich in true wilderness character. To this day, Katavi is perhaps the only African safari destination where animal sightings greatly outnumber visitor sightings.
And, wildlife truly abounds here. In fact, many consider Katavi the “best-kept game-viewing secret” in all of Tanzania. This is especially true when it comes to hippos and Cape Buffalo. There are several pools along the Katuma River where hundreds of hippos can reliably be seen. The park supports thousand-strong buffalo herds. Katavi further offers fantastic sightings for: elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe, crocodile, hartebeest, topi, impala and reedbuck.
Katavi is mostly known as a dry-season reserve. During the rainy season, vehicle tracks are largely impassable and wildlife viewing is erratic. However, come the late dry season, the park’s three main floodplains produce a hotbed of wildlife and an abundance of memorable sightings.