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Chada Katavi Camp

Tanganyika & the West

Rating: Mid-range    

Chada Katavi Camp overview

Chada Katavi Camp is in the heart of Katavi National Park, reputed to be one of the wildest places on earth. Almost nobody comes here, but if you make the effort you'll be rewarded with superb game viewing.

From its elevated vantage point on a peninsula that rises out of the miombo woodland, the camp is perfectly positioned for panoramic views over the Chada plain. The canopy of acacias, kigelias and tamarinds are a popular source of shade and food for the abundant bird and animal species that inhabit the region, creating world- class game viewing opportunities, almost without you having to leave the camp.

But the true wonder of Chada Katavi awaits when you venture out to meet the animals face to face. From Chada Katavi you can take your pick from game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, walking with an armed guide, fly camping out for the night under the stars or simply enjoying soaking it all up from your tent veranda.

With a maximum of 12 guests in camp at any time, you are guaranteed as much privacy and isolation as you wish. Chada Katavi Camp is a traditional safari camp whose six double tents have spectacular views and complete privacy with large, comfortable beds. Private bathrooms are set at the rear of each tent, with an eco-flush toilet and bucket shower, with hot and cold water are available on requeast. There is a large mess tent and separate library tent, plus a campfire for sociable chats and drinks under the stars.

activities from Chada Katavi Camp

Game drives
See and photograph Katavi's vast buffalo herds and hippo pods 
Walking safaris
Feel close to nature on a bush walk with your guide  
Bird watching
Observe the many species of birds as stroll round camp
Fly camping
Spend a night under the stars for a truly immersive bush experience


Open: Chada Katavi is open from June to mid-November.

Location: Chada Katavi is in Katavi National Park in the far west of Tanzania. The camp is set beneath shady trees at the edge of the Chada plain, a wild and remote setting. There are twice weekly flights from Arusha, currently operating on Monday and Thursday, to Ikuu, the nearest airstrip to the camp. The flight takes about 3 hours.

Rooms: There are 6 safari tents with adjoining en-suite bathrooms, separated from the bedroom by a zipped flap. These have bucket showers, for which hot water is supplied on request, and eco-flush toilets. Gauze windows keep out insects but let in the light and breeze. Each tent has a private veranda at the front for secluded relaxation and views of the plain and game.

Activities: These include game drives in open-sided 4x4 vehicles, guided bush walks, bird watching and fly camping. Fly camping is subject to availability and needs to be booked and paid for in advance.

Facilities: There is a dining tent and a separate library tent, where you’ll spend time between safaris. The campfire is the setting for sundowner drinks and nightcaps.

Dining: Meals are eaten communally.

Children: Children aged 12 years and over are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is internet access.

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