Airstrip

Ikuu Airstrip

Secluded entry point to Tanzania's wildlife-rich Katavi National Park.

Tanzania
Location
Dry season
Best Time to Visit
800 m
Altitude

About Ikuu Airstrip

Ikuu Airstrip stands as the primary gateway to Katavi National Park, one of Tanzania's most untamed and least visited conservation areas. Situated in the western part of the country, this remote airstrip offers adventurers and nature lovers unparalleled access to one of Africa’s great wildernesses. Katavi boasts vast herds of buffalo, elephant, and...

When to go

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Seasons

June - October
Best time to go
Ideal for wildlife sightings.
November - February
Shoulder Season
Intermittent rains, the park is green, and wildlife is abundant, making it a good time for photography.
June - October
High Season
Dry season brings large animal congregations to water sources, offering spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities.
March - May
Low Season
Wet season revitalizes the park’s flora, attracting bird watchers and those seeking lush landscapes, albeit with more challenging access.

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Travellers should consult with a travel clinic for all necessary vaccinations, including yellow fever, and malaria prophylaxis. As remote destinations require extra caution, ensure travel insurance covers medical evacuation.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Ikuu Airstrip is accessed through chartered flights, connecting visitors to Tanzania’s western circuit from major cities. The remoteness of the area underscores the airstrip's importance.
Getting Around
Safari activities and transfers in Katavi National Park are typically organized by lodges, including game drives and walking safaris. Independent movement is limited due to the park's wilderness.
Visas
Tanzania requires most visitors to obtain a visa, available upon arrival or through an embassy. Ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity. For extended regional travel, consider the East African Tourist Visa.
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