Planning Tips

Why Go Outstanding dry-season wildlife watching. Rugged and remote wilderness ambience.

When to Go August through October is best for seeing large herds of wildlife. From February to May it’s very wet, so getting around the park can be almost impossible and all the top-end camps close. It's a good time for birdwatching though.

Practicalities Drive in or bus from Mpanda or Sumbawanga; fly in from Ruaha National Park or Arusha. All park payments must be made with a credit card (no cash!) at the park headquarters located 1km south of Sitalike or the Ikuu Ranger Post near the main airstrip.

Budget Tips Katavi is one of the more budget-friendly parks. By taking a bus to Sitalike, staying in one of the cheap options there and then setting out on a walking safari you can see Katavi cheaply, though walking safaris often don't see much wildlife. You can also camp in the park.