Crocodiles in Tanzania

Nile Crocodile by wwarby.

Nile Crocodile on the bank of a fast flowing river in the Serengeti by wwarby (Flickr). Although the diet of the Nile Crocodile is normally made up of fish, in some areas such as the Serengeti, large mammals are frequently taken, with humans occasionally on the menu. The highest population of crocodiles in Tanzania is  in Katavi National Park in the seasonal Lakes Katavi and Chada.

Crocodile bites and traditional beliefs in Korogwe District why fatal crocodile bites are increasing in a Tanzanian district and the importance of traditional beliefs and superstitions

Tanazanian crocodiles

The Selous’s Rufiji River harbours some gargantuan specimens, but decent numbers are also present in Serengeti, Ruaha and Katavi. Although it feeds mainly on fish, the Nile crocodile can down an animal as large as a wildebeest, as commonly occurs when the Serengeti migration crosses the Mara and Grumeti rivers. Humans are vulnerable too – assume that bathing in any Tanzanian lake or river is unsafe, and always maintain a metre’s berth from the shore.

There are two species of crocodile in Tanzania, the Nile Crocodile and African Slender-snouted Crocodile.