Park history

Formerly a game reserve, the park was established in 1974. The park is located 40km south of Mpanda town, being Tanzania’s third largest national park it covers an area of 4,471 square km after Ruaha and Serengeti.

  How to get there

By Air: Several companies arrange charter flight from Dar es Salam, Mwanza or Arusha cities to either Mpanda airport which is located in Mpanda town or to Sitalike and Ikuu airstrips inside the park.

By Road: From either Dar es Salaam via Mbeya (1513Km), Arusha via Tabora (1015.7km) or Mwanza via Mpanda (741 km).

By Rail: It is also possible to reach Mpanda by train from Dar es Salaam via Tabora then catch a public transport to Sitalike, where game drives can be arranged.

Best time to visit

May to October and mid December.


Tourism Activities

Game drivesThis activity is conducted from 0630 – 1830 HRS, no additional fee for this activity. Four wheel (4X4) drive vehicles are  recommended.

Walking safariShort walking safari


Additional fees apart from conservation fees:

Category Short walking fees Long walking fees Ranger fee/group
Adult Child (>12 yrs) Adult Child (>12 yrs)
Non EAC Citizens/ Tz Expatriates US $ 20 US $ 10 US $ 25 US $ 15 US $ 20
EAC Citizens TZS 5,000 TZS 2,500 TZS 5,000 TZS 5,000 TZS 5,000


Birding: The park is rich with various bird species. There is no additional fee for this activity.

Camping: – Two types

  i.Special campsites: pre booking through is mandatory.

  ii.Public campsites: Available services and facilities include Kitchen, bathroom, toilet and water.


Category Special campsite fee Public campsite fee
Adult Child Adult Child
Non EAC Citizens/ Tz Expatriates US $ 50 US $ 10 US $ 30 US $ 5
EAC Citizens TZS 10,000 TZS 5,000 TZS 5,000 TZS 2,000

Additional fees apart from the conservation fees


Bush meals: Site for bush meals can be arranged for you upon request.


Additional fees apart from the conservation fees

Category Bush meal fee
Adult Child
Non EAC Citizens/ Tz Expatriates US $ 5 US $ 5
EAC Citizens TZS 5000 TZS 5000



Filming fee: US $250 charged per person/day and covers conservation, camping and filming fees. This is applicable to all nationalities. Remember to obtain filming permits from the Ministry of information, sports and culture and then from the office of the Director General -TANAPA HQ

 Night Game Drive: (Refer guidelines and fee structure for the activity)

 Picnicking:They are best places for taking packed meals while on game drive. No additional fee required.


  Main Tourist attractions

   -Hippos and Crocodiles

   -Lake Chada

   -Katuma River

   -Wildlife abundance



   Inside the park: Rest house, bandas and campsites (booking through the park). Several privately owned luxury tented lodges.

   Outside the park: Several lodges and hotels at the village of Sitalike and Mpanda town.