Katavi National Park

Katavi, Tanzania

Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park is located in the south-western part of Tanzania, the park is isolated and infrequently visited, but offers a fabulous wildlife experience. Covering some 4,470 sq. kms making it, Tanzania's third largest park. The park is dominated by the seasonal floodplains of the Kapapa and Katuma rivers, and the seasonal lakes of Chada and Katavi.

The dry season (June - October), is when this park comes into its own. The banks of the Katuma and Kapapa rivers, which are the lone water sources for miles, fill with thousands of zebra, topi and impala. Giraffe, hartebeest, giraffe and Defassa waterbuck. There's a large population of resident elephants, and some impressive herds of buffalo. Katavi is a great park for watching lion-buffalo interactions. Spotted hyena is commonly seen, as leopard appear on the woodland fringes, but are more elusive. Wild dog do live here, but incline to stick to the escarpment and are rarely seen on the plains. As the game come down to drink, hundreds of hippo gather in the tiniest waterhole and enormous crocodiles sit out the heat in river-bank mud-holes.

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