Katavi National Park covering an area of 2253 was gazette in 1974. It is located in Mpanda District (Rukwa Region) about 40 km. south – east of Mpanda town.
The park is famous for its undisturbed natural face compared to other parks in the country. The main vegetation of the park is Miombe woodland with scattered Acacia trees near Lake Chada.
This lake is rich in bird life and is one of the areas with high population density of crocodiles in the country. Major features of attraction include Lake Katavi with its vast short grass flood plains in the north; palm fringed Lake Chada in the south east and Kutuma river.
Animals found in the park include Zebras, sable and nan antelopes, elands, leopards, elephants, buffalos and lions. For accommodation there is a rest house and campsites within the park area, hotels and lodges in Mpanda town.