2 days Katavi National Park Safari

Katavi National Park Safari

Unveiling the Wild Heart of Tanzania: A 2-Day Safari in Katavi National Park

 2-day safari in Katavi National Park may seem brief, but the experiences it offers are rich and profound. In this remote corner of Tanzania, wildlife roams free, and the spirit of Africa beats strong. For those seeking an authentic adventure away from the crowds, Katavi is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. It’s a reminder of the wildness that once was and a hope for what can still be protected for generations to come. Ranked among Africa’s vast wilderness areas, this park is home to a diverse array of game animals that cannot be found anywhere else on the continent.

The dry season is the perfect time to embark on a Katavi Safari, as the roads to the park are easily accessible and game viewing becomes exceptional. During this season, animals gather around the remaining pools of Katuma River, the sole source of water in the area, providing visitors with incredible wildlife viewing experiences. What sets Katavi apart is the remarkably low number of visitors, ensuring maximum privacy during game viewing.

The park boasts an impressive population of wildlife, including approximately 1,000 buffaloes, 4,000 elephants, and various other species such as lions, hyenas, wild dogs, giraffes, zebras, impalas, and reedbucks.

Katavi National Park Safari information

DEPARTURE: Any day of the week. Subject to availability of accommodation
TRAVELLERS:  Minimum 2 person but Solo traveler can also go
STYLE: Private Safari
VEHICLE: 4×4 Safari vehicle
DESTINATION: Katavi National Park
ACTIVITIES:  Game drives
NB: This tour can be tailored to your exact requirements and number of days available.

Katavi Safari Cost:

No of Pax1 pax2 pax3 – 5 pax6 -7 pax
Price Per Person (US $)$ 1250$ 665$ 450$ 300

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Planning Your Safari to Katavi National Park

Best Time to Visit

The dry season, from May to October, is the best time to visit Katavi National Park, as wildlife congregates around the remaining water sources, making for spectacular game viewing. However, the beauty of visiting Katavi is its year-round accessibility, offering different experiences with the changing seasons.

What to Bring

Packing for a safari in Katavi requires thoughtful preparation. Essential items include:

  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing

  • A high-quality camera and extra batteries

  • Lightweight, breathable clothing in neutral colors

  • A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for sun protection

  • Strong insect repellent and sunscreen

  • A sturdy pair of walking boots

Detail Katavi National Park Safari Program

Day 1: Mpanda – Katavi National Park

As the sun rises over the western horizon of Tanzania, we will pick you from the hotel in Mpanda drive for 50 km. As you arrive in the park, register and continue with game drives welcomed by the scent of earth and wild grasses – the unmistakable aroma of adventure.

Katavi’s landscape is a mosaic of miombo woodlands, vast floodplains, and seasonal lakes. During the dry season, these lakes become shallow, muddy pools that attract an incredible density of wildlife, including one of Africa’s largest populations of hippos and crocodiles.

Game drives on this Katavi safari is a sensory overload, with each turn offering a new spectacle. As the sun begins to dip, we return to our accommodation for a sunset that paints the sky with fiery hues.

 Evening: Stories Under the Stars

 Dinner is served in an open-air setting, where the sounds of the night form a natural orchestra. The conversation inevitably turns to the day’s sightings, each tale more thrilling than the last. As we retire to our beds, the distant roar of a lion lulls us into a deep sleep, a stark reminder that you are but visitors in this untamed land.

Day 2: Katavi Safari – Back to Mpanda

The second day in Katavi safari starts before dawn, as the best wildlife viewing is often at first light. With a mug of steaming coffee in hand, we board our 4×4 and head out into the cool morning air.

Morning: Walking Safari

Today, we have the opportunity to experience the bush on foot. A walking safari is a chance to connect with the land in a way that’s impossible from within a vehicle. Accompanied by an armed ranger, we tread softly, learning about the intricacies of the ecosystem, from the medicinal uses of plants to the communication methods of ants.

The thrill of walking in big game territory is palpable, and our senses are heightened. We may encounter herds of buffalo or stumble upon a basking python, each moment adding to the tapestry of our Katavi adventure.

In the afternoon, you will embark on the final game drive of this Katavi Safari. By now, the animals seem like old friends. You will witness dramas unfold — perhaps a chase as a cheetah bolts, after a fleet-footed gazelle, or the tender moments of an elephant family at play.

In the evening you will drive back to Mpanda town for a drop off at your hotel.

Cost Includes

Road Transfer from Kigoma to Katavi
Game viewing in Katavi NP
Park entrance fees
Full board accommodation whislt on safari
Salary for a professional driver guide
Transfer to the Mpanda airport or bust terminal
A bottle of water 1 litre per person daily


Cost Excludes

Accommodation in Kigoma
Traveler medical insurance
Air ticket from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma