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Approximately 2.5 million years ago, Mount Kilimanjaro had a volcanic rival. What is now the biggest volcanic caldera in the world, was once a volcanic mountain. There are now roughly 30,000 animals in this area with species such as zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, hyenas and lions in abundance.

Alongside the wildlife, many Masaai families call this place home. Approximately 42,000 Masaai tribes people live here, farming the land and herding cattle, making this the only park where man and beast co-exist in harmony.

This UNESCO world heritage site is not only a beautiful example of Tanzanian landscape, it’s a historical site. The park is home to Olduvai Gorge, where Dr Leaky first discovered human remains so ancient that they proved that the human species originated in Africa.

Size: 8,300 sq km


Highlights:

Olduvai Gorge – also known as ‘the cradle of mankind’, this is a fascinating site! Here you can see how the earth changed with the passing of time and how that affected the evolution of man.

The Big Five – the dense wildlife within the crater includes all of the big five. Although it is not a sure thing to witness them all in one day, you will no doubt tick a few of them off your list!

Species: black rhinoceros, wildebeests, zebras, eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, lions, leopards,  elephants, mountain reedbuck, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, cheetahs and over 500 species of bird which include ostrich, white pelican, and flamingo.

Katavi Weather
Month Temp Prec.(mm)
Jan   Min: 21C/70F – Max: 31C/88F 159
Feb   Min: 21C/70F – Max: 32C/90F 152
Mar   Min: 20C/68F – Max: 31C/88F 165
Apr   Min: 20C/68F – Max: 32C/90F 126
May   Min: 19C/66F – Max: 31C/88F 19
Jun   Min: 17C/63F – Max: 30C/86F 0
Jul   Min: 16C/61F – Max: 30C/86F 0
Aug   Min: 18C/64F – Max: 31C/88F 0
Sept   Min: 20C/68F – Max: 32C/90F 0
Oct   Min: 21C/70F – Max: 34C/93F 18
Nov   Min: 21C/70F – Max: 33C/91F 122
Dec   Min: 21C/70F – Max: 32C/90F 201
  Best Time
August to October
  High Season
July to October (Katavi is rarely crowded)
  Low Season
April and May (Many lodges are closed)
  Best Weather
June to October (Little to no rainfall)
  Worst Weather
November to April (Wet season)

May to October –Dry Season


  Vegetation is thin, so animals are easier to spot
 It is clear and sunny – rain is very rare
  Malaria risk is lowered because there are fewer mosquitoes
  Humidity and heat is less oppressive
  It is very dry and dusty
  Some lodges might still be closed in May

November to April –Wet Season


 The scenery is lush
 November to May is low season with better rates
 Migratory birds are present, and bird watching is at its prime
 Roads might be hard to travel
 Most wildlife disperses into the woodland and wildlife viewing becomes very hard
Many lodges close for the whole Wet season or part of it
 IIt gets very hot and humid, and there are many mosquitoes and other insects
Best Time to visit Tanzania by Major Park
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