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Chada Katavi Camp is a small and intimate camp, comprising just six spacious and comfortable safari tents, set under a canopy of tamarind and acacia trees. Each tent is raised on a wooden platform to offer panoramic views over the surrounding plain.

Some 20 years ago, the pioneers of this camp were the first to arrive in Katavi, and little has changed since then. Designed to blend into the bush environment, the tents are hidden in the shade of trees, with open fronts and shaded net windows to let in the breeze. The adjacent en suite bathrooms have flushing eco-toilets and hot and cold water. 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 all manner of wildlife. Elephants are frequent visitors to Chada Katavi, attracted to the shady fruit trees, while buffalo herds 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 crocodiles and hippos that feature at Katavi. There is also an option to 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. Despite the three-course candlelit meal with chilled wine, the main event is being out amongst the sounds of the nocturnal bush, looking up at the night sky.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Tanzania’s Wild West

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
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Katavi National Park

Forming part of Tanzania’s ‘Western Safari Circuit’, Katavi National Park is a remote area of unspoilt nature. 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
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching