Katavi is a wonderfully remote National Park, with few lodges and few visitors, but that is what makes it such a special place and destination for true safari enthusiasts. It is found in the West of Tanzania and really offers a throwback to the early era of safaris when safari-goers had a feeling of total isolation, peace and tranquillity. The game viewing here is amazing, comparable in numbers and variety of animals to the Ngorongoro Crater but with just 1% of the visitors and vehicles.
The isolated nature of the park means that accommodation is limited, but the traditional tented camp Chada Katavi is a fantastic option and a really lovely camp. The tents are simple yet comfortably furnished with outdoor showers, and it really compliments the whole feel of going back in time to the olden days of safari. Game viewing takes place from the camp, either on vehicles or on some of the best walking safaris you will ever partake in, all making for a fantastic wildlife experience.
Game drives and walks are the order of the day in Katavi and the game viewing here is extraordinary. Lion hunting buffalo is one of the unique features of Katavi and hippo can be found in pods of up to 600 which rivals even the largest pods found in Zambia's South Luangwa. Large numbers of elephants can be seen, as well as giraffes, topis and leopards. You might even be lucky enough to spot a wild dog.
This is undoubtedly one of Tanzania's most incredible parks and somewhere that we highly recommend if you are looking for a safari experience that is truly unique and wild. It is ideally combined with Western Tanzania's other gem the Mahale Mountains National Park.
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