Tanzania Horizon

2 Days Katavi National Park

Visit Katavi National Park close to Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania. This hidden gem is one of the most authentic and remote locations to experience the true heart of Africa that will leave you speechless!

2 Days Tour Overview:

The far west of Tanzania gives home to two of Tanzania’s lesser known national parks: Katavi National Park and Mahale Mountains National Park. This western circuit is extremely remote, tricky to access and pretty costly to visit. As a result few people make the effort to come here and so it has remained an untouched, unique experience, and absolutely worth visiting.

Katavi National Park is a name to conjure with. It is one of the best parks in Africa and many safari operations would love to start camps here. However, the logistics and costs are so difficult, that there are only a couple of small, permanent safari camps sharing this 4,500km² of wilderness. You sometimes run across more prides of lion than other people on a game drive.

Visit Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park is a Tanzanian national park created in 1974 and is located in western Tanzania, close to Lake Tanganyika. The park encompasses the Katuma River and the seasonal Lake Katavi and Lake Chada floodplains. It is a very remote park that is much less frequented than other national parks in Tanzania, making it a true hidden gem and unique secret to discover. Despite its remoteness, the park is large and ranks as Tanzania’s third largest national park.

Wildlife features include large animal herds, particularly of Buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, and elephants, plus along the Katuma river, crocodiles and hippos which upon annual dry seasons results in mudholes that can be packed with hundreds of hippos. Carnivorous animals that roam this park are cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, leopards, and lions.

The total number of visitors per year is around 1.000 to 1.500 people, making it one of the few places where you will hardly find any other visitors during your stay and a paradise for animals and safari lovers likewise. As a result, there is only a hand full of permanent camps at Katavi, namely the Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge, the Foxes Camp on the Katuma Plain and the Chada Camp on the Chada Plain. These camps each have a visitor capacity limit of approximately one dozen each.

Getting to Katavi is best by plane from Arusha (3 hours), Mwanza (2 hours) and Daressalaam (3 hours). All flights require landing on an airstrip; the Ikuu airstrip (near Ikuu Rangerpost) has minimal services and operates only twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Access to Katavi by Jeep is possible but requires at least 1 day for arrival and 1 day for departure.

Katavi National Park offers great game viewing all year round but reaches its peak during the dry season from June to November or December when the animals gather in their thousands around scarce water sources.

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Group Size Price per person per day
1 person USD 450 /person
2 person USD 380 /person
3- 5 people USD 325 /person
6- 10 people USD 310 /person
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  • Park fees

  • All activities

  • All accommodation during safari

  • A professional driver/guide

  • All transportation from your hotel to the park & back

  • All Taxes/VAT

  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

  • Drinks

  • International flights(From/to home)

  • Accommodation before and at the end of the tour

  • Tips

  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

We start your Katavi National Park Safari by picking you early morning from the hotel in Mpanda town for the journey to Katavi National Park with picnic lunch.

● Meals: Lunch & Dinner Included

After breakfast, Morning and afternoon game drive to Katavi’s inner side exploring animal congregations in the remaining pools of Katuma River. Evening drive back to to Mpanda Town

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Picnic lunch box

Absolutely yes. We will arrange all airport transfers for you from and to the airport so that you don’t have to worry about how to get to your hotel. One of our drivers or guides will come to pick you up and take you back to the airport. This is already included in our offers and services.

Für höchste Flexibilität kann jederzeit eine private Abreise nach deinen ganz individuellen Reisedaten arrangiert werden. Eine Gruppenabreise hat einen geplanten Zeitplan an einem bestimmten Datum und lässt dich einige Kosten während der Reise teilen. Wenn du also ein begrenztes Budget hast und Freunde aus der ganzen Welt treffen möchtest, kannst du dich einer unserer Gruppen anschließen.

Absolutely yes. Our handpicked hotels all offer you to safely store your luggage during your climb. In this way you can leave all gear that you won’t need during your climb at the hotel. That is very convenient if you are planning to go on a safari or to Zanzibar after your hike.

Tanzania Horizon Safaris has worked out a very transparent cancellation policy. In most cases we can offer a voucher if you have  to postpone your travel. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please note that deposits are non-refundable as they have to be used for making reservations for your hotel and transport.

*If a booking is cancelled the client is subject to a cancellation fee as follows:

  • until 4 weeks prior to departure – 30% Cancellation Fee
  • 4-2 weeks prior to departure – 50% Cancellation Fee
  • 2-1 weeks prior to departure – 75% Cancellation Fee
  • less then 1 week prior to departure – 100% Cancellation Fee: The company reserves the right to cancel any tour at its sole and absolute discretion, without prior notification in instances where this is unavoidable. However, in that case the company agrees to refund all money that has already been paid by the client. This shall be the company’s sole responsibility to the client and no claim for any damages, howsoever arising, shall accrue against the company.

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