An early start through the park gets you to the airstrip for the 0700 flight to Katavi National Park.
The 2 hour flight over miles and miles of empty bushland reminds you of the size of Tanzania and the remoteness of the Katavi National Park. Flights only operate on Mondays and Thursdays.
Katavi National Park is a truly remote wild park with vast herds grazing the plains that characterize the park. Shown as ‘Lakes’ on the map, these open expanses become swampy during the long rains, but dry out for 6 months of the year. The animals are concentrated on a smaller and smaller area as the park dries out thus the large herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe and topi to name a few. The Katuma River shrinks into small pools which becomes home to ever more hippos, resulting in the highest concentrations of hippos found in Tanzania. The dwindling river also exposes the caves that the crocs use to store their prey under water, watching them in these caves is a fascinating experience.
The plains are surrounded with woodland, where the predators lie in wait for the return of their prey from the grazing land. With such abundant food sources, the lions are some of the most regal seen in Tanzania.
The accommodation tents are positioned under the shade of trees on the edge of the Kigasunga plain, close to the Katuma river. The tents have lovely shaded verandas and are often visited by elephants passing through to feast on the fruit of the pod mahogany trees. We have plenty of animal sightings from the camp itself as the animals come off the plain in the evening to come and drink at the river; herds of Topi, Giraffe, Zebra, Buffalo are daily visitors. Katavi also has Hunting dog, Leopard as well as many lion. Most importantly, it does not have many other guests.