Katavi National Park


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African safari experience far from the tourist track.

Written on: December 04, 2014   |   I visited in October 2014 I have visited Katavi twice. I will contrast it with the Northern TZ parks (Serengeti, Tarangire, Manyara and Ngorongoro) I have visited.

Katavi is remote. There are no crowds. It isn't easy to get there. There are occasional flights to Mpanda. The feel of the Katavi district is not that of a tourist district. However, it is a wonderful place to be.

You need to work with a very reliable tour operator for lodging and vehicles, because there are not the many choices available in the more touristy areas.

Katavi has the most amazing collection of hippos, birds, and crocs I have ever seen. Some of my best lion experiences have been there. The hippos and crocs in Katavi are hugely more present than any of the other parks.

When driving into the park from the north, tsetse flies were a bit of a hassle. But we got past them after about a half hour.
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 28, 2013   |   Visited: Dec 2010.
This park doesn't have a lot in the way of infrastructure. If you are coming in on a flight and have a full guided tour set up, that's great. If you are passing through on the bus to/from Kigoma, you will have to work to see this park - that is, beyond just the bus ride.
You will pass through the park on the bus, and see a lot of wildlife in this way as it is. How... read more

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(3/5 stars) Written on: May 20, 2013   |   Visited: Nov 2012.
One of the smallest national parks in tanzania , Katavi National Park is an untouched natural wildlife haven. Remote and far from civilisation, one has to have a certain insistent, determination to go there as I found out. The travel agents will promote other big parks in Northern Tanzania and talk less about Katavi. We were on a countrywide tour of Tanzania and KN... read more
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