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
  • I would like to thank you for this wonderful safari we participated to. Everything was perfect! We are very happy and we made all our dreams come true. Abbas was an amazing guide. Thank you very much!

    Maria Malkova

    France, Dec 2013

  • I'd like to say that our entire trip was truly amazing and a great once in a lifetime excursion. Everything was very well setup and we had no problems with any of the trip. Thanks to Wild Things.

    Katye Vytal

    United States of America, Jun 2013

  • We had a wonderful time on safari. The vehicle was great, reliable and comfortable. Our guide Amos was fantastic, he was punctual, friendly, knowledgeable and made our safari really enjoyable.

    Vickie Waltham

    United Kingdom, Aug 2013

  • We had a wonderful trip. Thanks very much to you, Wild Things and to Abbas for putting together such a memorable safari for us.

    Kathryn Woof

    United Kingdom, Dec 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

  • A very exciting adventure

    Andrew Bird

    United Kingdom, Jan 2014

  • All the Parks visited are really wonderful, especially Ruaha and the "king" Katavi that worth absolutely the long trip (at least in our point of view). Yahaya and Salim are like two friends.

    Massimo Randi

    Austria, Jul 2013