Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8
Mammals: 9
Birds: 8.5
Reptiles: 8.5
Trees: 8.5

Lookout for

Topi
Serval
Elephant
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Sable Antelope
Roan Antelope
Eland
Baboon
Crocodile

Remote and wild, Katavi is a true pristine wilderness, providing adventurous travelers who head there a taste of 'old' Africa as it must have been before European expansion into Africa. Its Tanzania's third largest national park and is situated in the southwest of the country within the Rift Valley. The focal point is Lake Rukwa and the Katuma River which host an extremely high density of hippos that congregate in the waters. Great herds of buffalo and huge elephant populations roam the land and good predator activity and rewarding birding make this a park worth getting to. Its far away from the crowds of the northern circuit (Serengeti & Ngorongoro) and has a few boutique camps and lodges offering an authentic African wilderness experience.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 4500 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Hippo
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Mbeya

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Chada Katavi Safari Camp Super Luxury Full Board
Katavi Wildlife Camp Luxury Full Board

Key Species

MAMMALS
Elephant
Buffalo
Hippo


BRIDS
Crowned Eagle
Cuckoo Hawk
Spur-winged Plover
Ground Hornbill
Yellow-throated Sandgrouse


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor Lizard
African Rock Python


TREES
Miombo
Tamarind
Ana Tree


HABITAT TYPES
Miombo Woodland
Savannah
Riverine
Grassland
Rocky Outcrops
Floodplain