Located in the centre of Katavi National Park, on an elevated point over looking the vast plains of Katisunga, It is built against a backdrop of tamarind and acacia forest. Katuma Bush Lodge consists of 10 spacious and comfortably furnished tents, each with writing desks, lamps, bedside tables, wardrobe and fine linen. All tents have ensuite facilities with glassed-in shower, flush toilet and hot and cold water. The tents are set on raised decks and each features a veranda with chairs and table, where guests can enjoy views across the plains and their resident herds of wildlife. The lodge has been designed to blend in with its surroundings to avoid distracting from the beauty of Katavi.
Game Viewing is exceptionally rewarding at Katavi due to the sheer abundance of wildlife, and begins early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Game drives are in 4 X 4 vehicles centring around the woodland areas along the seasonal lakes, where most of the game can be found including the big cats. Guests can also take part in short guided walking safaris led by an armed ranger, leaving camp in the late afternoon when the light is at its best.
Katavi boasts Tanzania's largest population of crocodiles and hippos, while lion and leopard find prey among the huge population of herbivores - impala, eland, topi, zebra and herds of buffalo up to 1600 strong. The rare, honey coloured puku antelope is one of the park's richest wildlife viewing rewards. The park's main geographical features are the watery grass plains to the north, the palm-fringed Lake Chada to the south east and the Katuma River. These areas are particularly rich in wildlife.
Meals are served either in the open-sided thatched lounge/dining area, with panoramic views of the Katisunga floodplains, or around the campfire. Breakfast consists of fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurt and toast. Cooked food is also served. Fresh fruit juice, tea and coffee accompany the meal. Lunch can be taken at the camp or as a picnic when out exploring. Sundowners are served by the campfire each evening. Dinner is a 3-course meal and on the last night guests can enjoy a barbecue around the fire. Between game viewing activities guests can relax in the lounge, on the sundeck in front of the lounge or on their own veranda.
As a lodge within a national park and owned by the government, Katuma brings money to the park authority.
"Des, Kim and all the staff were very welcoming, caring and helpful, and Des's stories were extremely entertaining. We especially appreciated the chance to experience Tanzanian style food. Our luxurious accommodation, with its beautiful furniture and the quirky and comfortable hammock on the balcony would have been pleasing enough, but the setting on the edge of the Katsunga plain was stunning. The game drives were fun, topped off with a sundowner by the river on our final evening. As the only guests at Katuma and one of only 3 groups of tourists in the entire park, we felt most privileged and were certainly pampered."