Getting There & Away
Safari Airlink and Zantas Air fly twice a week to Ikuu Airstrip and the lodges will often let nonguests fly on their planes if space is available. All lodges provide free pick-up at Ikuu Airstrip for their guests. If you aren’t staying at a lodge, arrange a vehicle or a ranger for walking before you arrive. If you are flying in, it is good to combine a trip to Katavi with a trip to Mahale Mountains National Park. Rangers will be waiting at the airstrip to collect park admission fees from those flying in.
Buses and trucks between Mpanda (Tsh3000, 45 minutes) and Sumbawanga (Tsh15,000, four hours) can pick you up and drop you off in Sitalike or at park headquarters. Transport is frequent in the mornings, but after lunch you may have to wait several hours for a vehicle to pass.
Dalla-dallas and taxis depart Sitalike for Mpanda (Tsh3000, 45 minutes) from 7am to 8pm once they have enough people to make it worth the ride. You can hire one directly for Tsh90,000 if there's an emergency.
If you’re driving, the only petrol stations are in Mpanda and Sumbawanga.