Katavi National Park: Adventure and game drive in an untouched area

Facts Katavi National Park:

  • Founded in 1974
  • The least visited park in Tanzania
  • There is a park-owned accommodation for budget-oriented guests and some private luxury lodges
  • Size: 4,471 km2 = 10 times the size of Vienna


  • Horses and sable antelopes
  • Large herds of hippos and buffalo
  • Waterbirds
  • Perfect destination for individual tourists

Best time to visit Katavi National Park:

  • June to October is the dry season, which increases the chances of seeing large herds of animals. Birdwatchers should rather choose the light rainy season from November to March to get their money’s worth.
  • In April and May, most lodges are closed and many roads in the park are flooded, making access difficult.

Getting here from Arusha: 

  • It is 1,072 km to the park by safari car (2 days)
  • Or about 4 hours with a charter flight via the park’s own airstrip

In Tanzania’s third largest national park, you can experience game drives in completely untouched and remote areas. Covering an area more than ten times the size of Vienna, there are countless discoveries to be made. The main attractions of Katavi include large herds of hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffalo and various water birds due to the abundant water resources. The latter are mainly seen during the rainy season until the beginning of the dry season. At the end of the dry season, the elephant and buffalo herds gather with giraffes, zebras and various gazelles along the Katuma River, which is increasingly short of water. Cats of prey such as lions, cheetahs and leopards as well as spotted hyenas can also be found near the river in search of easy prey. At the same time, there are more and more hippos in a small area in the more limited water resources, which is why you can often witness turf wars between the mighty bulls. The rare roan and sable antelopes are shy and like to hide in the large miombo woodlands, but their graceful appearance is still well worth seeing. You can reach the park by charter flight from various directions or by safari car after a long journey.