KATAVI NATIONAL PARK
At south west of Tanzania is where Katavi National park is found, latitude 6.630 – 7.340 south & longitude 3.740-31.840 East. The Park is near to the second deepest lake in the World, Lake Tanganyika. Katavi N.P gained its popularity because of its large number of wild animals since Germany Colonial regime in 1911 where it was known as “Bismark Hunting Ground” it has 4,471km2 that makes it the sixth largest National park in Tanzania. It’s the first leading National Park in the Country for large numbers of Hippos and Crocodiles.
It contains all Big5 animals except Rhino. The name Katavi was named after the name of Spirit Katabi of Bende tribe long long ago.
Expect to see a White giraffe, Big herds of animals of different species; School of Hippos and high concentration of Crocodiles in Katuma, Kavuu rivers, Lake Katavi and Lake Chada; a View of Escarpments, the great rift valley of Lyamba lya Mfipa Hills; Endangered species like Wild Dogs; More than 450 species of birds; Beautiful waterfalls of Ndido, Lukima and Chorangwa; Beautiful park vegetation broadly classified as Miombo woodlands and grass woodlands; and Katavi National Park is known for having big animals as compared to other National Parks. Miombo woodlands together with their associated species are characterized of having a variety of flowers with different colors.