Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park Descriptions


Park history

Katavi National Park formerly a game reserve, the park was established in 1974. The park is located 40km south of Mpanda town, being Tanzania’s third-largest national park it covers an area of 4,471 square km after Ruaha and Serengeti.

How to get there

By Air: Several companies arrange charter flights from Dar es Salam, Mwanza, or Arusha cities to either Mpanda airport which is located in Mpanda town, or to Sitalike and Ikuu airstrips inside the park.

By Road: From either Dar es Salaam via Mbeya (1513Km), Arusha via Tabora (1015.7km), or Mwanza via Mpanda (741 km).

By Rail: It is also possible to reach Mpanda by train from Dar es Salaam via Tabora then catch public transport to Sitalike, where game drives can be arranged.

Best time to visit Katavi National Park

Like the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park, Katavi is a classic dry season park with the game viewing getting progressively better towards the end of the year. As the water holes and rivers dry up, the game moves down from the surrounding hills and congregates around the remaining river system – now the viewing gets seriously good.   July to October is absolutely peak season for Katavi but more and more travelers are trying Katavi out of season if only to have the park completely to themselves!

Tourism Activities In Katavi National Park

Game drives – This activity is conducted from 0630 – 1830 HRS, no additional fee for this activity. Four-wheel (4X4) drive vehicles are recommended.

Walking safari – Short walking safari

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