Chada Katavi

This seasonal safari camp sits in Katavi National Park, one of the wildest locations in all of Tanzania. Tucked away in Tanzania’s far west, Katavi is a collection of untouched plains, occasionally flooded after the rains. Simple yet elegant Chada Katavi sits lightly on these ephemeral grasslands, with just six Meru-style guest tents, designed to blend completely into their natural surroundings.

Inside every tent is a flushing eco-loo and an urn full of water for washing your face. Bucket showers are provided to wash off the dust of Katavi, while conserving the most valuable resource of all. Large netted windows catch the breeze whilst a broad veranda out the front provides a shady space to unwind.

In a clearing, you’ll find a dining tent, library and campfire – perfect settings to sit back with a refreshing drink and a book when you aren’t out exploring the wilderness in a vehicle or on foot. Fly camping adds an extra dose of adventure to your safari – walk across the bush with an armed scout and watch elephants up close, before falling asleep under the vast open skies in the comfort of a mosquito-proof tent.

Location

How to get to Chada Katavi

Chada Katavi is located in the heart of Katavi National Park. Flights to the nearest airstrip Ikuu, are available from Arusha twice weekly (3-3.5 hours in duration) with stops en route for refuelling. The airstrip is around 20 minutes’ drive from the campsite.

Activities at Chada Katavi

  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Fly camping

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Chada Katavi Highlights

  • An enchantingly remote classic safari camp in western Tanzania
  • In the heart of truly wild Katavi National Park
  • Walk-in tents with bucket showers
  • Unbelievably large herds of big game and tons of hippo
  • Opportunities to walk and fly camp

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Why travel to Tanzania? Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

When is the best time to view animals in Tanzania? The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

What is the culture of Tanzania?With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

What is the climate in Tanzania? Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

What can I combine with Tanzania? Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

How to get to Tanzania? You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

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