Katavi National Park, Tanzania
Katavi National Park is among the most spectacular areas in Tanzania though it is situated in a very remote area and far from the country’s capital city (Dodoma) of which it does not require hours to access it but instead days especially when you are using a road mean of transport however if you are using air transport, you will then spend like 4 to 5 hours on the way before accessing it.
The Park was created in 1974 and is located in Katavi Region which is a remote area in Tanzania. Since the Park is a very remote park, it is thus less frequently visited than other Tanzanian national parks in that it receives few visitors compared to the many that visit the country annually.
The park is approximately 4,471 square kilometers (1,726 sq mi) in area and it is the third largest national park in Tanzania encompassing the Katuma River and the seasonal Lake Katavi plus Lake Chada floodplains.
Though the Park is found in a very remote area and is less visited does not exclude its fact that it is so spectacular and resides a variety of wildlife such as Cape Buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, and elephants.
The existence of Katuma River and other water bodies in the Park calls upon large numbers of crocodiles and hippopotamuses which upon annual dry seasons results in mud holes that can be packed with hundreds of hippos. Other wildlife species in the park are cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, African leopards, and African lions.
Thus for those who can afford air transport and those with enough time in Tanzania should not miss out the visit to this Park because there is a lot you will enjoy and learn from the Park besides its being in a remote area.
For the Park’s annual visitors will stay in good facilitated accommodations such as; Chada camp, Katavi wildlife camp, Katuma bush lodge, among others.