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How to get to Katavi

How to get to Katavi National Park

The most ideal way to reach Katavi National Park is using the small chartered flights that commence from the town of Arusha or the capital city of Dar es Salaam. Basing on your safari itinerary, your point of entry into Tanzania will be Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) situated approximately 46 kilometers or 29 miles from the town of Arusha, or at Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) found in the capital city Dar es Salaam. Usually, your tour operator will receive you at the airport and then make all ongoing arrangements, as well as the charter flight into the park’s airstrip as per your arrangements.

Airlines and ticket prices

You may check Skyscanner or, for those interested in flights to multiple destination you can check Expedia to find out which airlines is available to transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) or to the Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam and how much the tickets cost.

Domestic flights into Katavi National Park

Normally these charter flights are reserved by your safari / tour operator all as part of your safari package. You may make reservations for your Domestic flights with any of the domestic carrier such as: Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Regional Air, ZanAir, Safari Air Link, or Coastal Aviation

Information about the Passport, visa plus other requirements at the point of entry can be acquired directly through your tour operator

Katavi Park is among the most isolated national parks within Tanzania and perhaps the most intact reserve on the entire African continent. If you could read the nearly  200 years old metaphors of Africa made by the some of the first white hunters plus missionaries, Katavi is the only destination that you will find that best fits that description. You may drive for several hours without coming across another tourists’ car; the park will entirely be available for you to explore at leisure.

It is among the of the largest national parks in the country and is found in the Rukwa rift, which is an extension to the main East Africa western rift valley which ends in the Lake Rukwa basin. The river Kapapa and river Katuma cross this park and join to form River Katu which is the main effluent of Lake Rukwa. In the rainy months these rivers overflow through large, superficial depressions of the yellow grass making them lush marshes of wide shallow especially at the peak of the rainy months.

Among the most outstanding spectacles in Katavi is its overwhelming population of giant hippos which converge around the banks of the rivers. Factually Katavi has recorded one of the highest numbers of hippos in the whole of Tanzania; however, in the dry months, rather than being scattered over the broad deep river like on the Nile, they squeeze in the shallow streams and flop on each other just as seals in a breeding colony. This offers a wonderful experience which can’t be experiences else anywhere on the planet. you will also be rewarded with stunning views of giant  crocodiles.
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