Katavi and Sumbawanga

Katavi and Sumbawanga

The town of Sumbawanga has Katavi National Park to the North and the remote Lake Rukwa game reserve to the east. The area is seldom visited by tourists and is reachable only on longer vehicle safaris, or flying safaris.

  • Big game, birding and culture:Excellent
  • Best time to visit Katavi: May - October
  • How to get to Katavi: Fly or drive

Sumbawanga is the capital of Rukwa region located in western Tanzania. The name Sumbawanga translates as 'throw away your witch crafts' in Fipa language and superstition is still strong in the area.

Katavi National park is the closest tourist destination to Sumbawanga which is also easily accessible by road. It is the third largest park in Tanzania. It contains Lakes Chanda and Katavi which are home to spectacular concentrations of hippo. Around 450 species of birds have been seen in the area.


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  • How to get there: Drive, Fly
Where to go in Katavi and Sumbawanga

Other Places: Western Tanzania
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    Claire Austin

    United Kingdom, Jan 2013

  • A very exciting adventure

    Andrew Bird

    United Kingdom, Jan 2014

  • Thank you so much for the amazing safari! This was a great safari and I can't wait to give you a full brief and photos!

    Genevieve Champagne

    Canada,

  • I am just emailing to say how amazing the safari was and I would like to thank you, The food was great and we saw so many animals its exceeded our expectations completely.

    Samantha Crichton

    United Kingdom, Jan 2013

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    Austria, Jul 2013

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    Serino Margaret

    United States of America, Jun 2013

  • We had a really great vacation on the Southern Circuit in Tanzania and wonderfully facilitated by our driver/guide Salim who was really first class - a great representative of Wild Things.

    Steve Wallis

    Belgium, Oct 2013