Katavi National Park
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- The park is not well known and because of that it has its charme. It’s not crowdy and the animals are acting natural.
- Almost all species can be found.
- It’s a cheap alternative for the northern national parks
- Rare Antelope species, like sable and roan
- Katavi boasts of massive herds of buffaloes
- It has the highest hippo and crocodile populace in Tanzania
- Best time: from June to October ( dry season) – best wildlife sightings and more
- Wet season: from November to April ( best time for bird watching)
The easiest way to get to Katavi National Park is via one of two scheduled flights that run weekly from the town of Arusha or the capital city of Dar es Salaam. This flight can take anywhere between 4-5 hours and is operated by Safari Air Link.
From Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), Arusha is a 46 kilometres (29 miles) drive. Usually, a driver will be arranged as part of your safari package. The only option to travel to Katavi National Park via vehicle involves an incredibly arduous three day 4×4 mission, which can be especially daunting in the wet season as many roads become inaccessible.
The scheduled flights to Katavi National Park are quite costly (anywhere from US$350 each way), so travellers usually combine this with a trip to the Mahale Mountains National Park – one of the best places in the world to encounter chimpanzees.
With their ‘way out West’ locations in Tanzania, getting to both parks is part of the challenge and makes reaching the destination all the more satisfying.
- Wildlife, eg: elephant, leopard, giraffe, lion, zebra and the largest herds of Cape buffalo
- Birds, eg: African fish eagle, African openbill, Lilac-breasted roller, Pink-backed pelican,Yellow-billed stork,
- Historical sites
- Game drave
- Walking safari
- Visit historical sites eg: stone and iron age
- Fly camping
Mid ranges accommodation: Chada camp, Mbali Mbali Katavi lodge, Katavi wildlife camp
Luxury accommodation: Palahala luxury camp
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