Katavi National Park is a relat untouched wilderness. The park is located in the remote area southwest of Tanzania, in an arm of the Rift Valley and ends in the shallow of Lake Rukwa. It lies on a high flood plain surrounding Lake Katavi, south of the Mahale Mountains. The wilderness of Katavi is one of the most virgin areas in the country. Katavi is home to the largest herds of buffalo on the planet.
Katavi’s dramatic landscape is diverse and unique. It contains of flooded areas with thick reeds and dense waterways. And these waterways are home to a huge population of around 200 hippos, crocodiles and different bird life. In the forests to the west, tree tops cover herds of buffalo and elephant. Seasonal lakes fill with dirty colored water after the rains. As a result animals come here from every corner of the park to drink. These include the rare species of roan and sable antelope and a must-see for visitors looking to explore the continent’s wilderness during a private safari. Katavi national park offers excellent game viewing with a real wilderness atmosphere. And therefore fantastic opportunities to take photos!
Wildlife in Katavi National Park
This National park offers unspoilt wildlife viewing far off the beaten track! Several large herds of thousands of Cape Buffaloes, an estimated 4000 elephants live in the park. In addition an abundance of zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, eland, sable and roan antelopes can be found roaming in the park. Cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, leopards, and lions watch them closely for an opportunity to hunt.
The hippos move together closely in any pool of sufficient depth towards the end of the dry season. However, this leads to fights between males during this time. As a result these territorial fights are an almost daily event!
Furthermore you can find a large variety of birds living around the shores of the rivers. In total 450 different species live in Katavi National Park.