KATAVI NATIONAL PARK

The Katavi national park is among the less beautiful visited tourist attractions in Tanzania located southwest Tanzania east of Lake Tanganyika. Katavi covers a total area of 4471 sq km (1727 sq miles). The closest town is Mpanda town, some 40 Kilometers and where the headquarters of the park are located currently.

It's Tanzania's third largest park, it lies in the remote southwest of country within a condensed arm of the Rift Valley that terminates in the shallow brooding expanse of Lake Rukwa. The park is noted for its Miombo woodland.
Katavi is best visited in the dry Seasons between May and October, mid December and February. The park is remote, hard and wild only 4-wheel drive is suitable for this Safari; roads within the park are often flooded during the rainy season.

Birdlife: Over 400 bird species have been recorded, among them a substantial number of water birds such as pelican, black-browed albatross, crested lark, green sand piper, and African snipe.

Wildlife: The grassland plain a long Lake Chada supports high concentration of large mammals such as
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lion, Leopard, herds of up to 1600 buffalo, elephant, zebra, Maasai giraffe, gazelles, water buck, roan antelope, eland and black legged topi. You can also, see the rare puku, a honey colored antelope. The Katavi boasts Tanzania's greatest concentration of both crocodile and hippopotamus.

Access: Katavi is on the main road running through western Tanzania from north to South. It is 550 km (about 340 miles) from Mbeya, a tough but spectacular day's drive. And 390 Km (about 240 miles) from Kigoma but this journey is only possible in the dry season only or by air from Arusha or Dar-es-Salaam.

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