Located in the far west of the Tanzania, Katavi is a park for the safari enthusiast. Often combined with nearby Mahale, Katavi receives very few travellers due to its relative inaccessibility and consequent high cost of flights. Travellers who spend the time and money to get here, however, are richly rewarded - Katavi is nothing short of magical.
This park is truly wild with few camps and very few visitors. Katavi is one of the few places left in Africa today where you genuinely feel that you could have slipped back a thousand years. Many safari connoisseurs would argue that this is the quintessential Tanzania safari park; we certainly believe it to be the country's best kept secret. Combine this park with Mahale, specifically at Nomad Tanzania's Greystoke
, and there is a good argument that this is the finest week to be had in Africa!
The volume of game in Katavi is outstanding, with some researchers believing that the concentrations are even higher than in Ngorongoro. Huge herds of buffalo and vast lion prides duel daily, whilst hippos and crocodiles gather in pods and nests not found anywhere else in Africa. The cost of getting here is undeniably high, however this has protected the park from the crowds that have affected other areas and once you get here, lodge prices are reasonable and the majority of the camps of a very high standard.