Katavi National Park
Far from the beaten track, Katavi National Park is an un-spoilt wilderness where you really can immerse yourself in the raw and beating heart of Africa’s wildlife. Seasonal, marshy lakes draw animals to the floodplains, including large numbers of hippos and crocodiles, and a huge variety of water birds. Look out for buffalo and elephants seeking shade under the forest canopies, and if you’re particularly eagle-eyed you might be rewarded with a rare sighting of the elusive roan and sable antelope species.
During the dry season, the shallow trickle of the Katuma River is the only source of drinking water for several miles around, offering you an exceptional opportunity for game viewing at its best. Up to 4,000 elephants have been known to gather, as well as herds of more than 1,000 buffalo, while hordes of giraffes, zebras, impalas and reedbucks attract lion prides and spotted hyena clans to converge on the floodplains.
The real spectacle at Katavi, though, is the hippos. Towards the end of the dry season, as many as 200 might gather, and it’s not long before male rivalry heats up. Aggressive and bloody territorial fights flair up multiple times a day and are quite a show to behold. Just don’t get in their way!
Katavi National Park Gallery
KATAVI NATIONAL PARK MAP
Wito's Top Pick - Accommodation in Katavi NP
If you’re looking for privacy and isolation, Chada Katavi is hard to beat. The intimacy of this small camp makes it a great choice for honeymooners, or anyone who wants to get away from it all and connect with nature. Between June and October, this is one of our top recommendations for clients who want a simple and authentic bush camp experience, but with style and comfort included as standard! Katavi is renowned for its abundant game so there’s plenty of wildlife to enjoy, without even leaving your open-fronted tent. Elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards, crocodiles, hippos, impala and monkeys are all frequent visitors. Classic bucket showers help get you into the spirit of the bush, and the eco-flush toilet also helps to keep environmental impact to a minimum.
As well as game drives, bush walks and night drives, you can even take the opportunity to go for a night of fly camping under the stars. You’ll be up close and personal with nature, but you don’t have to sacrifice your home comforts – each of the heavy duty tents includes a deep bedroll, and warm sheets and blankets. You’ll arrive in time for sunset and a drink by the fire, a three-course dinner, and a hearty breakfast in the morning. We like Chada Katavi because we know that you’ll be well looked after and guided by the experts.