2 days Katavi National Park Safari

2 days Katavi National Park Safari

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

7 days Katavi and Gombe Safari

7 days Katavi and Gombe Safari

7 days Katavi and Gombe Safari

Katavi and Gombe Safari offer a unique and unforgettable experience for those looking to explore the untouched wilderness of Tanzania. Katavi National Park, one of the most remote and wild locations in the country, is known for its vast savannah plains and abundant wildlife. Visitors can witness large herds of elephants, buffalo, and antelope roaming freely in their natural habitat, as well as predators such as lions and leopards.

Gombe Stream National Park, on the other hand, is famous for its population of chimpanzees made famous by Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking research. Visitors can trek through lush forests to observe these intelligent primates in their natural habitat, and learn about their social dynamics and behaviors. The park also offers stunning views of Lake Tanganyika, one of the largest and deepest lakes in the world.

Both parks provide a truly off-the-beaten-path safari experience, with a focus on immersion in nature and wildlife conservation. Visitors can stay in luxurious tented camps and lodges, and enjoy guided game drives, boat safaris, and walking tours led by experienced guides. A Katavi and Gombe Safari is ideal for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts looking for a more intimate and authentic safari experience in Tanzania.

Planning Your Safari to Katavi and Gombe

Visiting these remote parks requires some planning, as access is more complicated than the more popular destinations in Tanzania.

Getting There

  • Katavi National Park is most commonly accessed by chartered flights from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, or Mwanza. There are also scheduled flights to nearby airstrips.
  • Gombe Stream National Park is accessible by boat from Kigoma. The boat ride offers stunning views of Lake Tanganyika and the lush hills surrounding Gombe.

Katavi and Gombe Safari Price

Solo Traveler: US $ 4338
2 people: US $ 3238 per person
3 – 4 people: US $ 3000 per person
5 – 6 people: US $ 2770 per person
7 + people: US $ 2660 per person

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Tips for an Unforgettable Katavi and Gombe Safari

  • Respect the wildlife: Always maintain a safe distance, and follow your guide’s instructions.
  • Pack wisely: Include binoculars, insect repellent, sun protection, and layers for changing temperatures.
  • Stay hydrated: Carry enough water during your treks, as the heat can be intense.
  • Embrace the experience: Wi-Fi and cell service are limited, offering a chance to disconnect and immerse yourself in nature.

Detail Katavi and Gombe Safari Itinerary

Day 1:  Fly Dar es Salaam to Mpanda

Fly Dar es Salaam to Mpanda on Air Tanzania which departs at 06:00 am and arrives Mpanda at 07:45 am then meet and transfer to Katavi National park for game drives. Dinner and overnight at Katavi Wildlife Camp.

Day 2 – 3: Katavi National Park

Spend two days exploring the wilderness of Katavi National Park on game drives and walking safari. The park boasts a breathtaking array of habitats, which range from flood plains of thick reeds and dense waterways that teem with hippo and crocodile to woodlands, open grasslands, forests and pristine seasonal lakes. Game drive experience in dry season and it is conducted along the banks of the river which act as the main source of water and remaining green pastures. The picturesque view of the river meander and large number animals along its banks offers an awesome game viewing experience. Predators such as lions, hyenas, leopards can easily spotted. In addition to that you will also participate on sunrise walking safari near the water pods and watch hippos and other wildlife at close range; late morning break for brunch. Proceed with afternoon game drive safari to Katavi’s inner side. Overnight at Katavi Wildlife Camp.

Day 4: Katavi  to Kigoma

After breakfast, continue with your katavi and gombe safari by road to Kigoma town the journey of about 297 kilometers through unpaved road which pass along the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Along the way you will see local villages and experience the local Tanzania life. Arrive Kigoma in the afternoon and for a rest dinner and overnight at Lake Tanganyika Hotel.

Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking at Gombe National Park

Early morning catch up a boat to Gombe with picnic lunch. Arrive Gombe and proceed with chimpanzee tracking in the forest and bird watching. The ranger will help you spot several families of chimpanzee which you will spend sufficient time with them exploring their behaviour and if luck you will see them hunting. During trekking you will see primates such as olive baboons and a variety of monkeys. The stunning kakombe waterfall is another interesting feature that you will at Gombe National park. Dinner and overnight Gombe Rest House.

Day 6: Gombe to Kigoma

Morning chimpanzee tracking back for lunch in rest house, then take a boat ride back to Kigoma for overnight at Lake Tanganyika Hotel.


Day 7: Fly Kigoma to Dar es Salaam

Leisure breakfast at the hotel, Visit the Dr Livingstone Museum at Ujiji then back to the hotel for lunch and at 02:00 am drive to the airport for the flight to Dar es Salaam which departs at 15:45 pm.

End of Katavi and Gombe Safari

Katavi and Gombe Safari Cost Includes

Game viewing activities
Park entrance fees
Full board accommodation whilst on safari
Ranger and guide
Road Transfer from Katavi to Kigoma
BB accommodation in Mpanda and Kigoma


Cost Excludes

Any expenses of the personal nature
Laundry services in the lodges
Drinks and beverages
Flying doctors service

3 days Katavi Safari Tanzania

3 days Katavi Safari Tanzania

3 days Katavi Safari Tanzania

A 3-day safari in Katavi National Park offers an immersive experience in the heart of Africa’s untouched wilderness. It is a place where wildlife gracefully roams, and the landscapes exude a timeless allure. For those seeking an escape from the beaten path, a Katavi safari provides a sanctuary that embodies the spirit of adventure. It stands as a testament to the raw beauty of Tanzania and serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving these wild spaces for future generations.

This 3-day Katavi Safari offers a diverse and rewarding game viewing experience, driving along rivers teeming with crocodiles, seasonal lakes, and plains inhabited by an abundance of game animals. Katavi National Park boasts an exceptional volume of wildlife, surpassing many other Tanzanian parks. Research supports that Katavi has a higher concentration of animals than the renowned Ngorongoro crater. Despite its wealth of wildlife, Katavi receives a limited number of visitors, making it an ideal destination for a honeymoon safari.

While on game drive during this 3 days katavi safari you will encounter large prides of lions, immense herds of buffalo, and gatherings of hippos and crocodiles unlike anywhere else in Africa. Other frequently spotted animals in Katavi include zebras, topis, giraffes, leopards, hyenas, and waterbucks. The rare African wild dog is also occasionally seen in the park.

While the cost of a Katavi Safari may be higher compared to northern Tanzania safari destinations, it is precisely this reason that attracts fewer travelers, resulting in an uncrowded experience unlike the popular parks in the north. Additionally, there are a limited number of accommodation options available, providing quality lodging at a reasonable price.

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Katavi Safari Tanzania Tour Program

Day 1: Arrive Mpanda

Pick up from Mpanda Airport and transfer to Katavi national park for check in at Katavi Wildlife Camp where you will stay for the entire days. After a short break and breakfast you will then departs into the bush for a game drive exploring this pristine park. Dinner and overnight at the camp.


Day 2: Game viewing in Katavi

Breakfast in the lodge then depart for a full day game drive in Katavi National Park with picnic lunch. Katavi’s dramatic settings is as diverse as it is pristine. Several ponds and lakes are home to the largest population of hippo and varied birdlife. The western part of the reserve which its vegetation is mostly woodlands and bush veld is the best place to spot large herds of buffaloes and elephants. During the dry season the seasonal lakes remain as the source of water for the animals so it attracts animals from different corners of the park to come and drink. The Katavi national park is among the few places in Tanzania where you can see the rare roan and sable antelope species. With the help of your guide you will spot several species of predators include lions, leopard, hyena and more. Late afternoon drive out of the park for dinner and overnight at Katavi wildlife Camp.

Day 3: Game viewing in Katavi

Spend the morning and afternoon viewing the games in the park along the shallow lakes. During dry season animals tends to congregates near the lakes searching for green pastures and water. You will also spot hippos, crocodiles and different species of birds during the game drive. Evening drive back to the camp for dinner and overnight.

On the following day we will offer you a transfer to Mpanda airport for your flight back to Dar es Salaam. 


From US $ 2180 per person two people sharing

Single person supplementary on request.



Katavi Safari Tanzania Cost

 Price Includes:

Park entry fees and Government Taxes

Air ticket Dar es Salaam – Mpanda – Dar es Salaam

Pick up from the Airport / Bus terminal

Transport in 4×4 modified Safari vehicle with pop up roof

Salary for a driver guide

Full board accommodation at Katavi Wildlife Camp 




Price excludes

International flights & Domestic flight

Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and insurance

Tips for staff such as driver cum guides/chef/porter

Expenses of personal nature (like souvenirs)

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Embark on a Wild Adventure: 4 Days of Unforgettable Katavi Camping Safari

Experience the untamed beauty of Katavi National Park with a 4-day camping safari. Nestled in the remote western part of Tanzania, Katavi is known for its vast floodplains, dense woodlands, and abundant wildlife.

Your adventure begins with a scenic flight from Arusha or Dar es Salaam to Katavi, where you will be met by your experienced guide and driven to your campsite. Set up your comfortable tent and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the camp staff. Relax under the starlit sky and listen to the sounds of the African wilderness.

Over the next three days, you will embark on game drives and guided walks through the park, spotting elephants, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species along the way. Witness the incredible landscape change from wide-open plains to lush forests and winding rivers.

At the end of each day, return to your campsite for a hearty dinner and recount the day’s sightings with your fellow travelers. Fall asleep to the sounds of the bush and wake up refreshed and ready for another day of adventure in Katavi. This camping safari is an authentic and unforgettable way to explore one of Tanzania’s most remote and beautiful national parks.

Cost for Katavi Camping Safari

Solo traveler: $ 3013
2 people: $ 2480 per person
3 people: $ 2390 per person
4 – 5 people: $ 2350 per person
6 + people: $ 2310 per person

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Detail Itinerary for Katavi Camping  Safari

Day 1: Arrival and Immersion into Wilderness

Your Camping Safari in Katavi begins at the crack of dawn, with a light aircraft flight from either Dar es Salaam or Arusha to Katavi. The aerial views of Tanzania’s rugged landscapes are nothing short of spectacular, setting the tone for the adventure that lies ahead. Upon landing, you are welcomed by the untamed wilderness of Katavi, a park that spans over 4,500 square kilometers of raw African bush.

The first day is about acclimatizing to the rhythms of the wild. After setting up camp, you will embark on an afternoon game drive. Katavi is renowned for its large populations of hippos, crocodiles, and elephants, with the Katuma River and its floodplains providing a focal point for wildlife. Your first sunset in the park is observed from a vantage point, where the sky bursts into vibrant colors as the day gives way to night.


Day 2: The Heart of Katavi

Waking up to the sounds of the wilderness, your second day of the camping safari in Katavi is a deep dive into the heart of Katavi. A full-day game drive awaits, offering ample opportunities to witness the park’s rich biodiversity. The landscape is a mosaic of vast floodplains, reed-covered marshes, and dense woodland, creating a habitat for various species.

Aside from the large mammals, Katavi is a birder’s paradise, with over 400 bird species recorded. From the majestic fish eagles to the colorful lilac-breasted rollers, the air is alive with the calls and colors of various birds. Lunch is a picnic amidst the wilderness, a moment to reflect on the morning’s sightings and the sheer beauty of the park.

As the day wanes, your guide positions you for the best wildlife viewing, taking advantage of the golden hour light that photographers dream of. Elephants, lions, giraffes, and if you’re lucky, the elusive leopards make for a breathtaking tableau against the setting sun.


Day 3: Exploring the Chada Plain

The Chada Plain is where Katavi truly shows its wild heart. Day three is devoted to exploring this area, known for its large herds of buffalo and prides of lions. The dynamics between predator and prey are most visible here, offering a glimpse into the raw beauty of nature’s balance.

Walking safaris can be an option for those wishing to experience the African bush on foot. Accompanied by an armed ranger, you feel the earth beneath your feet, learning about the smaller ecosystems that thrive within the park. The pace is slower, but the connection to the land is unmatched.

In the afternoon, there’s an option for a more leisurely game drive or perhaps a visit to one of the park’s tamarind trees, known to be frequented by lions. Lions climbing trees is a rare sight in Africa, one that Katavi occasionally offers, showcasing the adaptability and diversity of wildlife behavior.


Day 4: Farewell to the Wild

Your final day in Katavi starts with an early morning game drive, a chance to bid farewell to the wild inhabitants of the park. The mornings offer the best opportunities for active wildlife sightings, as the animals make the most of the cooler temperatures.

After returning to camp for breakfast and to pack up, you reflect on the unforgettable experiences of the past few days. The drive to the airstrip is slow, allowing for any last-minute wildlife sightings. As your plane takes off, leaving the vastness of Katavi below, you carry with you memories of a truly wild adventure, a reminder of the untouched beauty that still exists in the world.

Package Includes:
Arrival and departure Airport Transfers
Full board accommodation whilst on Safari
Scheduled shared charter flights as per itinerary
All park fees and guiding fees
Complimentary bottle of Pure drinking water daily
An armed ranger
Service of an English speaking driver guide
Activities as per the Itinerary
Government taxes


Package Excludes:
Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone,
International flight
Departure tax
Tips to the driver/guide (highly recommended),
Visa, Travel Insurance