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Katavi National Park

One of Tanzania's best kept secrets, the remote and relatively inaccessible Katavi is one of the wildest parks in Africa.  It receives very few visitors, not because of any lack of wildlife, but simply because of the high cost of flights to get here.  However, travellers who are willing to pay such price are very richly rewarded with incredibly high densities of Africa’s largest game, and a genuinely wild and untouched safari experience.  Huge buffalo herds, vast lion prides and a fantastic density of elephant, hippo and crocodile make Katavi a rare gem of a park.
Katavi is regarded by many as the ultimate safari park.  The quality of big game safari here is stupendous.  When it goes off in Katavi, it is truly explosive.  Massive buffalo herds duel with huge lion prides, whilst pods of hippo congregate in their hundreds and vast elephant herds rule the plains.  This is one of the very best parks in Africa for big game.
 
Certain animal habits in Katavi are completely unique. Crocodiles mass together in nests of fifteen while hippo pods can be between 500 and 1,000 strong at the end of the dry season.  Nowhere else in Africa does either species behave in this way.
 
Four hours' flight from Arusha or the Serengeti, or alternatively through Ruaha, with an unavoidable overnight stay, travelling here is time-consuming.  It is also expensive - both routes cost approximately $1,000pp.   However, the logistics of getting here actually help the park retain its wild, untouched and exclusive ambiance.
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  • Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Wild Dog and Cheetah. This park has 5 out of our Big 7  icon
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