Katavi is a true wilderness providing a taste of Africa as it was centuries ago. During rainy season the lush marshy lakes of Katavi are haven for water birds, as well as supporting dense concentrations of hippo and crocodile. In the dry season, the few sources of drinking water draw massive herds. It is not out of the ordinary to find 4,000 elephants along with thousands of buffalo gathering around one water source.
Year round wildlife include Hippo, Crocodile, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Impala, Reedbuck, Lions, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Eland, Topi, and the rare Puku Antelope.
The 1,727 sq. miles that make up Katavi National park can be found in Southwest Tanzania. The best way to arrive to the park is by scheduled flights from Dar es Salam. Driving to Katavi from Arusha or Dar makes for an amazing overland trip, however it can take several days.