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Tanzania National Parks | Katavi National Park  

Location
Southwest Tanzania, east of Lake Tanganyika. The Headquarters at sitalike lie 40km (25 miles south of Mpanda town.

Getting there
Charter flights from Dar or Arusha. A tough but spectacular day’s drive from Mbeya (550 km/340 miles), or in the dry season only from kigoma (390 km 240 miles). It is possible to reach Mpanda by rail from Dar via Tabora, then to catch public transport to sitalike, where game drives can be arranged. If traveling  overland, allow plenty of time to get there and back.

To do
Walking, driving and camping safaris. Near lake Katavi, visit the tamarind tree inhabited by the spirit Of the legendary hunter katobi (for whom the park is Named)-offering are still left here by locals seeking The spirit’s blessing.

Best time
The dry season (may-October). Roads within the  Park are often flooded during the rainy season but May be passable from mid-December to February.

Accommodation
One seasonal luxury tented camp overlooking lake chada. A resthouse at sitalake and composites inside the park. Basic but clean hotels at Mpanda.

The bulk of katavi supports a hypnotically featureless cover of  tangled brachystegia woodland, home to substantial but elusive  populations of the localized eland, sable and roan antelopes. But the main focus for game viewing within the park is the Katuma river and associated floodplains such as the seasonal lakes katavi and Chada. During the rainy season, these lush, marshy lakes are a haven for hippo And crocodile.

 It is during the dry season, when the floodwater retreat, that katavi truly comes Into its own. The katuma, reduced to a shallow, muddy trickle, forms the only Source of drinking water for miles around, and the flanking floodplains support. Game concentrations that defy belief. An estimate 4,000 elephant might Converge on the area, together with several herds of 1,000-plus buffalo, while An abundance of giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck provide easy pickings for the numerous lion pride and spotted hyena clans whose territories converge on the floodplains.

Katavi’s most singular wildlife spectacle is provided by its hippos. Towards the End of the season, up to 200 individuals might flop together in any riverine  Pool of sufficient depth. And as more hippos gather in one place, so does Male rivalry heat up- bloody territorial fight is an every day occurrence, with the vanquished male forced to lurk hapless on the open plains until it gather Sufficient confidence to mount another challenge.

 

   
 

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