KATAVI NATIONAL PARK

A wild plateau

Isolated, seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness, a thrilling taste of Africa as it might have been centuries ago.

Tanzania’s third largest national park, it lies in the remote South-West of the country, within a truncated arm of Rift Valley that terminates in the shallow, brooding expanse of Lake Rukwa.

The bulk of Katavi is the home of a substantial but elusive herds of eland, sable and roan antelopes. But the main attraction of the game viewing is Katuma River and its floodplains such as the seasonal Lakes Katavi and Chada. During the rain season, these lush lakes are a haven for myriad waterbirds, crocodiles and hippos.

Elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck provide easy pickings for the numerous lions prides and spotted hyena clans whose territories converge on the floodplains.