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Katavi National Park reviews

3 reviews

African safari experience far from the tourist track.

Visited: Oct 2014 Reviewed: Dec 04, 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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Visited: Dec 2010 Reviewed: May 28, 2013

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Visited: Nov 2012 Reviewed: May 20, 2013

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