Over 20 years old and little changed in that time, Chada Katavi is an intimate, high end tented lodge in a superb wildlife location within one of Tanzania’s least visited yet most rewarding parks. The camp is a simple and traditional east African safari-style affair, located in a copse of woodland on the edge of the great Chada Plain.
Raised on wooden decking to increase ventilation, the six tents are large and airy and come with en suite bathrooms with eco-flush toilets and hot bucket showers to help conserve scarce water. The main tent contains the dining room and lounge with its small natural history library.
The food and service at the camp are second to none and you explore by a series of game drives in open-sided 4×4 and walking tours. A stay includes all meals, excursions, all drinks (local brands) and a complimentary laundry service.
Remote and little visited, Katavi National Park was established in 1974 to protect 4,500 sq km of pristine wilderness, making it Tanzania’s third largest park. It is closed during the rains and sits on a watery flood plain that includes vast areas of miombo and acacia woodland, rivers, swamps, palm groves and shallow lakes. There is a high concentration of hippo, crocodile, buffalo, impala, eland, topi and zebra, while lion and leopard are never far away.
Restaurant, bar, lounge, private bathrooms (solar powered hot water), verandah, hammock, electronic safety deposit box and laundry service.
Large herds of buffalo and other herbivores are commonplace, even around the camp, and the park supports a particularly large zebra population. Other common species include topi, hartebeest, eland, waterbuck, impala, southern and bohor reedbuck, giraffe, warthog and the rare roan antelope. The park’s waterways also support high densities of hippo and crocodile. Carnivores are well represented too with lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena, caracal, serval and African wild cat all present. The bird, reptile and butterfly diversity is also very impressive.
Game drives and walking tours. Fly camping is also on offer, enabling total immersion in the wilderness of Katavi.
You are truly in the wild here, so be prepared for the unexpected. Lions frequently walk through the camp at night and you may be confined to your tent for a couple of hours during the day if there is a pride, or perhaps large elephant, too close for comfort. Time to read a good book and write a few postcards home. If you are travelling this far, it makes sense to continue to Mahale for the ultimate safari and chimp combo.
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