Katavi

 

Katavi National Park is located in western Tanzania, in a remote part of the country that is challenging to access. While it is the third largest park in Tanzania, it is one of the least visited.

The park encompasses the Katuma River and the seasonal Lake Katavi and Lake Chada floodplains.

Wildlife include large animal herds which, depending on season and location, may include cape buffalo, elephants, crocodiles, and hippos.

What most distinguishes wildlife viewing in Katavi versus other parks is the lack of human visitors and jeeps conducting game drives.

Getting to Katavi for visitors will likely be arranged by the hosting camp, using a charter flight service and dirt landing strip.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
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Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
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Offering a private beach area and water sports facilities, Lake Shore Lodge is set in Kipili. Lakeshore Geocache is 300 metres from the property. Free WiFi is offered . The accommodation features a seating area. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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The main focus for game viewing within the park is the Katuma River and associated floodplains such as the seasonal Lakes Katavi and Chada. During the rainy season, these lush, marshy lakes are a haven for myriad waterbirds, and they also support Tanzania’s densest concentrations of hippo and crocodile.It is during the dry season, when the floodwaters retreat, that Katavi truly comes into its own:

The Katuma, reduced to a shallow, muddy trickle, forms the only source of drinking water for miles around, and the flanking floodplains support game concentrations that defy belief. An estimated 4,000 elephants might converge on the area, together with several herds of 1,000-plus buffalo, while an abundance of giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck provide easy pickings for the numerous lion prides and spotted hyena clans whose territories converge on the floodplains.

Katavi’s most singular wildlife spectacle is provided by its hippos. Towards the end of the dry season, up to 200 individuals might flop together in any riverine pool of sufficient depth. And as more hippos gather in one place, so does male rivalry heat up – bloody territorial fights are an everyday occurrence, with the vanquished male forced to lurk hapless on the open plains until it gathers sufficient confidence to mount another challenge.
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