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 boasts 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 waist deep in the marshlands.
Despite being Tanzania’s third largest National Park, Katavi sees 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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