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Katavi Safari Tours & Holiday Packages, Prices, Reviews

Katavi Safari Tours & Holidays Packages

Katavi is a pristine paradise that few travelers ever get to experience. It's home to the famed Big Five, with plenty of lion, buffalo, and elephant sightings. Leopard are a bit harder to spot, however there is sadly no rhino in sight. This park is ideal for those seeking a rustic retreat during the Dry Season.



Are you interested in exploring Katavi National Park? Have you ever wondered what type of tour packages are available? What is the best way to get to Katavi? What accommodations can you expect on a Katavi safari? Where can you find the best tour operators in the area? How much does it cost to go on a Katavi tour? What activities can you experience in Katavi? What comfort level do you need? Here, we look at all these questions and more, as we explore the top Katavi safari tours and holidays.

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Tour details

  • Capital Dar es Salaam
  • Language English & Swahili
  • Currency US Dollar & Tanzanian Shilling
  • Time Zone GMT+3
  • Drives on the Left
  • Calling Code +255

Frequently Asked Questions About Katavi Safari Tours

Katavi National Park is an isolated game reserve in western Tanzania, located in the Rukwa Valley near the Tanzanian-Zambian border. It covers 4571 km2 and is widely known for its huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, and buffalo, in addition to the other big game species that inhabit the park. Elephant and hippo populations here are also considerable, making this park one of the most rewarding safari destinations in Tanzania.

Katavi National Park is situated in the remote south-western portion of Tanzania, in the Rukwa Valley near the Tanzanian-Zambian border. It is around 770 km west of Dar es Salaam and roughly 500 km from Mbeya.

The most common route to Katavi National Park is to fly from Dar es Salaam to Mbeya and then drive to the park in a 4WD vehicle. Alternatively, you can fly to Sumbawanga or Kilimanjaro International Airport and then continue your journey by road.

Safari lodges in Katavi National Park are generally of a high quality, with well-appointed rooms, en-suite bathrooms, and air conditioning. Some lodges offer luxury tents, while others provide more traditional tented camps with basic amenities.

Some of the top tour operators in Katavi National Park include Wayfarer Travel, African Sermon Safaris, Authentic Africa Safaris, and African Meander. These companies offer exceptional experiences for those who wish to explore the area in style and comfort.

Katavi National Park offers a wide range of activities, including game drives, bird watching, walking safaris, fishing, and night drives. You can also enjoy some of the cultural experiences on offer, such as visits to local villages or traditional dances.

The cost of a Katavi tour varies depending on several factors, including the duration of the trip, the comfort level chosen, the type of accommodation, and which tour operator you choose. Generally speaking, a 3-day tour with a mid-range accommodation option can cost between $1,500 and $3,000 per person.

The best time to visit Katavi National Park is from May to October, as this is when the game viewing is at its prime. During this period, the park’s animals congregate around the Lufinji, Chada, and Katuma Rivers, offering some incredible wildlife sightings.