harbours a true representation of miombo woodland in Tanzania.
protects and conserves important wetlands of Katavi, Chada and Rukwa which
are critical habitats for wildlife and essential water reserves for human
livelihood in the dry season.
It consists of diverse range of spectacular landscapes – open grassland
plains, rift escarpments, riverine forests, hills, Lake Rukwa and waterfalls.
It hosts a high large mammal biomass, harboring one of the highest density
of hippos in the world, critical stopover for migratory birds and a variety
of wetlands and miombo woodland bird species.
It protects and conserves worship and historical sites for local communities
and shows African history.
It is a core area for the new Western Tourist Circuit including Lake Tanganyika,
Kigoma, Katavi and Kitulo National Parks.
Against this background, Friends of Katavi was formed in 2007. Working
with all stakeholders it aims to safeguard the future of Katavi-Rukwa
Increasing interest in, and support of Katavi-Rukwa, both locally and
internationally, by organizing talks and guided tours both in the Park
and in the surrounding ecosystem, writing informative articles in the
local media and providing a forum for discussion on issues impacting upon
Keeping abreast of developments around the Ecosystem in order to influence
any decisions that could block migratory routes or otherwise adversely
affect the wildlife.
Assisting the Protected Areas managements through staff infrastructure
development, capacity building, equipment, visitor education, game counts
Improving relations between the PA managements and neighbouring communities
through conservation education.
Collaborating with other groups or donors to support sustainable human
development activities that are consistent to wildlife conservation and
its wise use.
Fund raising for special projects and events benefiting the Protected
Areas and the communities in the Ecosystem.