Katavi National Park / Lake Victoria

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Katavi National Park lies to the far west of Tanzania towards Lake Victoria, by far the largest lake in Africa, and its many borders and is a truly remote and wild destination for the true safari aficionado. The park is named after a legendary hunter, Katabi, whose spirit is believed to possess a tamarind tree within its borders.

The main features of Katavi are its watery grass plains to the north, the palm-fringed Lake Chada in the south-east and the Katuma River. Katavi boats Tanzania’s greatest population of both crocodile and hippos. Lions and leopards find prey among the huge population of plains game, especially impala, eland, topi, zebra and the herds of up to 1600 buffalo that wander the short grass plains. A kaleidoscope of birds adorn the riverbanks, swamps and palm groves, whilst flotillas of pelican cruise the lakes and elephants graze waste deep in the marshlands.

Despite being Tanzania’s third largest National Park, Katavi see relatively few visitors, principally due to its remoteness, meaning that those guests who venture this far west, can look forward to having this huge untouched wilderness to themselves.

Katavi is best visited in the dry season between May and October, December and February.

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Katavi National Park / Lake Victoria

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