Katavi National Park
Katavi National Park is also the pearl among all the national parks in Tanzania, and it’s rarely visited. The park is Tanzania’s biggest national park and lies in the remote southwest of the country created in 1974 and is located in Katavi Region. It’s also close to Lake Tanganyika, in a remote Rift valley arm, which ends in the shallow, dark expansion of the Rukwa Lake. It has a higher density of mammals
Than any other national park found in Tanzania. The rivers groan with hippos and crocodiles; and scattered over the plains are great herds of buffalos and many other animals.
The largest part of this park is covered with Miombo Forest. This also offers protection to large, but shy groups of Elen, black horse and sable antelopes. However the actual point of attraction for animal observers is the Katuma river with its washing levels; to which the seasonal lakes Katavi and Chada belong.
During the rain time these sumptuous, swampy lakes attracts innumerable water birds, and they nourish of Tanzania highest accumulations of hippos and crocodiles. The park’s head office is in sitalike which is 40km south of mpanda. The charter flights are also offered from Dar es Salaam or Arusha. During dry season the park can also be reached on road, from Mbeya (550 km) and Kigoma (390 km). Best travel time is during drying season: May to October and December until February.