Katavi National Park in Western Tanzania takes a bit of travelling to get to, but the experiences had on a luxury safari here are second to none and it is by far the most wild, remote and magical destination in Africa. This is where the images of vast herds of buffalo roaming the plains, hippo lined up against each other and big cats hunting come from. Katavi is often overlooked in favour of luxury safaris in Tanzania’s more famous areas such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro but we cannot advocate a visit to this amazing park strongly enough – this is why we’d like to highlight the main reasons for visiting this unbelievable place.
Katavi has 4,471 sq kms of wilderness for you to explore – some of that revolves around the Katuma River (famous photos of hippos squished up alongside each other come from this river in the dry season), and the seasonal Lake Katavi and Lake Chada floodplains. There are a few luxury safari camps here but there is enough space to ensure that you will not see another soul and this is something that is truly priceless when it comes to luxury safaris in Africa.
Katavi represents Africa as it was fifty years ago, there are still herds 1000 strong of buffalo which roam the plains, and big cats around every corner. The elephant viewing here is phenomenal, as is the birdlife. Here you can walk, take day and early evening night drives and fly camp, meaning you can truly immerse yourself in this wonderland and experience and authentic luxury safari which allows you to explore and get amongst the wildlife anyway you like.
The feeling of being in Africa on safari is unlike any other but due to the travel time it takes getting to Katavi (a couple of hours on a light aircraft) the feeling of being truly in the wilderness here is second to none. There is something incredibly rejuvenating about being in the middle of no where, and you come away happy in the heart and soul – the experience of feeling the earth under your feet, and exploring new areas that no one has explored before will never leave you. We specialise in remote locations with luxury camps and this is one of the ultimate destinations when it comes to fulfilling clients desires to see the ‘real’ Africa.
Chada Katavi is the camp we most like to send clients to in this area – it is wild and remote and was set up by a group of safari guides years ago, they all recognised the unique qualities of this area and in fact it was their favourite place to come (amongst the other camps they set up) and take a safari. Chada is very comfortable but remote enough that you truly know you are in the bush. The guides and food here are the best in the business and you will have a truly rewarding once in a lifetime safari when staying here.