Katavi National Park
Open June to early November
(Minimum 3 night stay)
In the remote Western part of Tanzania lies Katavi National Park and Chada Katavi Camp. Located under a cool canopy of Acacia and Tamarind trees’ the camp overlooks the Chada plain, often filled with wildlife and especially Elephants during the dry seasons of July to October.
The camp is best visited as the area dries up and the plains fill with huge herds of Buffalo and Elephant seeking the last remaining pools of water. The pools shrink and the number of Hippo in each increases to staggering proportions and interesting interactions. Activities focus on drives and with so few camps and annual visitors you can literally have the entire park to yourself. Walking safaris are also very popular in this area. On one night drive we encountered Civet, Leopard, Genet and lots of Hippo grazing.
The main guest area at the camp is a lounge area and separate dining tent, however dinners are usually served under the stars after drinks around the fire beforehand.
The 6 safari tents are very spacious and enjoy the shade of the small forest. Windows are of shade netting and ensure a good breeze and lots of light. Well spaced, they are private and most have excellent views out over the plains.
A small deck at the front of each tent has comfortable chairs for relaxing in during the day. There is an en-suite bathroom with toilet and outside bucket shower.
Fly camping is available for the more adventurous travelers.
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