Katavi national park
is an incredibly remote location, said to have the highest biodensity of any reserve in Africa.
It is centred around a large swampy grassland into which game migrates from a much larger surrounding hinterland. Game-viewing here can be nothing short of awesome, especially the huge herds of buffalo and amazing numbers of hippo.
Katavi is one of the holy grails of African travel, a place of almost legendary status. Until the introduction of a scheduled light aircraft service into the reserve in 2004, this place could only be reached by shockingly expensive air charter or by means of a very tough three or four day road journey.
These days Katavi is most commonly visited as a seven night combination with the equally fabulous Mahale Mountains
, connected by shared charter to Serengeti
to the north and Ruaha
in the south.
The original and best place to stay is the exceptional Chada Camp
, with Katavi Wildlife Camp
and Katuma Camp
representing good slightly lower cost options.