Chada Katavi Camp is an intimate camp, comprising just six spacious and comfortable safari tents, raised on wooden platforms for panoramic views over the surrounding plain.
The pioneers of this camp were the first to arrive in Katavi – some 20 years ago – at a time when virtually no-one had heard of it, and fewer still had been there. Today, Chada Katavi lies hidden in the shade of acacia and tamarind trees, much the same as it always. The tents’ open fronts and shaded net windows let in the breeze, and the adjacent en suite bathrooms have flushing eco-toilets and hot and cold water.
Water is a precious resource here, especially in the drier months, and is shared with many other animals. This is taken very seriously at Chada Katavi, where safari-style bucket showers help control water-use, although there is no better way to wash off the dust. The dining tent and library, both comfortable spaces in which to relax when you’re not out on safari, stand in a clearing. The camp blends into its surroundings, so much so that you don’t have to leave your verandah to see wildlife of all kinds. Elephant are frequent visitors, attracted to the shady fruit trees, while herds of buffalo graze on the plain.
Activities are based around bush walking (you’ll need a good pair of boots), with a guide and an armed scout, across the endless plains under vast open skies. You can watch elephants from close by, or wander along the river to see birdlife around the pools, plus the crocs and hippos that feature so large in Katavi life. Or walk out to a flycamp to spend a night out under the stars, sleeping in a small tent made of mosquito-netting rather than canvas, with a bedroll, soft mattress, sheets and a feather pillow. Despite the three-course candlelit meal with chilled wine, the main event is lying on your back looking up at the night sky listening to the sounds of the nocturnal bush.
is featured in the following itinerary:
This itinerary takes you to two contrasting national parks in the remote reaches of Western Tanzania: the seldom visited Katavi, with its rich plains game and predators, and Mahale, possibly the best place in Africa to see chimps in the wild. There’s also ample time to relax on the idyllic shores of Lake Tanganyika.
When to go: Jun-Feb
Duration inc. flights: 11 days
Price inc. flights: From £6,995 pp
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Katavi National Park is a remote area of unspoilt nature. Forming part of the new “Western Safari Circuit”, this undiscovered wilderness is awash with plains game and over 400 species of birds. Its isolated location results in low visitor numbers, making it ideal for watching wildlife in peace and solitude.
Where: Western Tanzania
Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, lion, puku, roan, sable