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Katavi National Park

The bulk of Katavi National Park supports a hypnotically featureless cover of tangled brachystegia woodland, home to substantial but elusive populations of the localised eland, sable and roan antelopes.

But the main focus for game viewing within the park is the Katuma River and associated floodplains such as the seasonal Lakes Katavi and Chada. During the rainy season, these lush, marshy lakes are a haven for myriad water birds, and they also support Tanzania’s densest concentrations of hippo and crocodile.

It is during the dry season, when the floodwaters retreat, that Katavi truly comes into its own. The Katuma, reduced to a shallow, muddy trickle, forms the only source of drinking water for miles around, and the flanking floodplains support game concentrations that defy belief. An estimated 4,000 elephants might converge on the area, together with several herds of 1,000-plus buffalo, while an abundance of giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck provide easy pickings for the numerous lion prides and spotted hyena clans whose territories converge on the floodplains.

Katavi’s most singular wildlife spectacle is provided by its hippos. Towards the end of the dry season, up to 200 individuals might flop together in any riverine pool of sufficient depth. And as more hippos gather in one place, so does male rivalry heat up – bloody territorial fights are an everyday occurrence, with the vanquished male forced to lurk hapless on the open plains until it gathers sufficient confidence to mount another challenge

Complete your interest with Watu Safaris and make your expectations come true, we can offer you a trip to Katavi National Park depending on your needs and interests, Watu Safaris will organize a safari for you to watch wildlife in this third largest national park in Tanzania which lies in the remote southwest of the country, and view some wildlife populations of the localized Eland, Sable and Roan antelopes, water birds, and large concentrations of hippos and crocodiles. The park is having a large number of elephants, buffalos, giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck and also provides a numerous lion prides and spotted hyena clans whose territories meet the floodplains. We assure our customers having memorable, exiting and satisfactory experiences with the main activities as listed bellow.

Game Viewing Safaris: we can offer you natural wildlife viewing for local and foreign tourists to view large populations of crocodiles and hippos, lions and leopard find prey among the huge population of herbivorous, impala, eland, topi, zebra and herbs of buffalo etc. Deformed animals (albinos); such as albino giraffes and red buck. Endemic species; like Puku antelope that are found in Katavi National Park only

Bird watching safaris: particularly around the two lakes such as Ugala and palm fringed Lake Chada that possesses 40 species of bird (and also potential habitat for hippos and crocodiles)

Historical sites Safaris: Stone Age and iron ore sites; at the northern Sitalike.

Walking, driving and camping safaris near lake Katavi; the tamarind tree inhabited by the spirit of legendary hunters katavi (for whom the park is named) offering are still left here for the locals seeking the spirit blessing and other so many activities of your interest

Mother and baby - Impala few minutes after newborn was born in Ruaha National Park during game drives

Read more about Katavi National Park from Tanzania National Parks website.

Download the Tanzania National Parks brochure.