Chada Katavi Camp
Katavi National Park is likely Africa’s best kept secret. In most countries this park would be the star attraction but due to its remote location and the famed migration in the Serengeti this park has been an afterthought. In fact, Katavi receives around 1,200 visitors a year while the Serengeti may have close to that in a single day.
Studies suggest the mammal biomass in Katavi is the highest per square kilometer of any major park in East Africa. Of special interest Katavi boasts Africa’s greatest concentrations of African buffalo with herds that can number close to 3,000 and an estimated 60,000 in total throughout the park during the dry season. As water dries up Nile crocodile and hippopotamus pile together in enormous concentrations that can number in the hundreds.
Large herds of elephants and a plethora of hoofed animals such as roan antelope, sable antelope, topi, zebra, giraffe, impala, eland, and waterbuck abound. This giant prey base supports a plentiful lion population. Uniquely, some species that are normally shy and difficult to observe like roan and sable, here are curious and sometimes behave as if they have never seen a game drive vehicle. For those who want to see wild Africa in a manner that approximates what early explorers would have seen this is a great place.
The camp is wonderfully intimate with just six spacious tents well integrated into the environment. Chada Katavi is an extremely rare camp in that it has clung to the atmosphere of an authentic classic safari experience. There is no running water, this is a simple set up that embraces the wild setting and leaves the modern world behind, yet in doing so completely blows guests away with the luxury that can be delivered through service, food, and elegant fine touches that blend with the bush setting.
Tents are well spaced from one another and have large shade net windows to let in lots of light and cool breezes. Beds are large, linens are outstanding, tents have writing desks, canvas chairs for outside seating, and a vintage safari décor. En-suite bathrooms have traditional safari style bucket showers, and eco-flush toilets.
Activities include game drives and walking. Night drives and a night of fly camping are available for extra cost. The guides here are outstanding, amongst the best in Tanzania and they are very flexible in planning drives and walks to meet your desires. Fly camping is an extraordinary experience that is highly recommended as one of the best ways to explore the remote corners of Katavi as a simple camp of mosquito netted tents is set up for you to sleep under the stars in a far flung location where support staff pamper you as if you were at the main camp.
- Tents with wide-open fronts