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Katavi Wildlife Camp is an unpretentious seasonal tented site cleverly hidden amongst brachystegia woodland (miombo) bordering the largest of three seasonal lakes that form the backbone of Katavi National Park, over 4400 square kilometers of untouched primal wilderness teeming with game, and visited by only a handful of privileged African safari enthusiasts each year. Lake Chada, Lake Katisunga, and Lake Katavi shrink to marshes and then to arid floodplains in the dry season, leaving only a remnant of the Katuma River which links them. Unbelievable numbers of buffalo, elephants, hippos and other ungulates traverse the plains from June onwards to October, congregating around remaining water sources with their attendant hunters: lions, leopard and hyenas, to provide a dramatic re-enactment of the struggle for survival that has been repeated in this remote hinterland for many thousands if not millions of years. Open only from June until late February, Katavi Wildlife Camp enjoys a superb location only 5 kilometers from Ikuu Airstrip. You may even see more game without leaving your tent than you could by driving in more easily accessible, smaller parks on your AfricanMecca expedition photo tour in Tanzania. In this incredible African holiday safari destination, other human beings are the rarest animals, outnumbered by cheetahs, and such zoological wonders as Roan antelopes with screw-threaded horns, stolid, burnished chestnut Sable antelope, and Topi, seldom seen elsewhere in southern parks such as Ruaha, hump shouldered, barrel bellied, with horns like a Vikings helmet, and looking as if they have been smeared with black oil on their hips, upper legs and parts of their face.

Accommodation At Katavi Wildlife Camp

The 5 doubles and 3 twin rustic tents at Katavi Wildlife Camp are comfortable, roomy and welcoming, set on raised decking with low, wooden balustrades protected and camouflaged by high thatched roofs (read more on where else to stay in Katavi on your East African safari). Set well apart, they boast sturdy, wooden king-size beds, table, lamp and a safe trunk. Decorative touches include gay linens, carpets and wall hangings. Small, partly screened off bathrooms with solar hot water to shower and vanity basins, and eco-friendly flush loo. Complimentary toiletries are locally sourced. Safari chairs on your verandah allow relaxed game-viewing of elephants, zebras, warthogs, giraffe and even leopard wandering through the camp, whilst hippos and crocs by the dozen crowd into the narrow stream that was the Katuma River. Extra beds can be provided for children, but the camp is not suitable for infants. Ramps provide wheelchair access for less active AfricanMecca guests on an inimitable wilderness vacation visit in Tanzania. Laundry is included in the price, and usually returned ironed by the end of your evening in Katavi. There is a communal dining room, bar and lounge with a small library of books on local flora and fauna. Shared areas have Wi-Fi. The camp is over 3000 feet above sea level while other parts of Katavi are at 2700 feet, cool enough anywhere for a light fleece in the early morning. Khaki clothing is recommended for your trip in Katavi, not blue or dark colors because these can attract tsetse fly. Bring a torch, binoculars, anti-malaria tablets, sunglasses, insect repellent and sun hats. From December to February, when the first rain brings lush green beauty and flocks of birds to the plains, you will need a rain cape - poncho for guided bird walks.

Safari At Katavi Wildlife Camp

Take a 4WD game-viewing tour in Katavi in a specially designed jeep with tiered seats, open sides, sunshade awning and 2-way radio. You need not travel far from Katavi Wildlife Camp in the dry to see hundreds of hippo trampling each other into the fast-disappearing mud wallows and dozens of crocodiles several meters long crawling over each other to reach the shores. Herds of thousands of buffalo, hundreds of stately elephants, graceful impala, skittish zebra, alert reedbuck and supercilious giraffe are trailed by predators who rarely fail to make a kill. Your experienced guide will take you to the exact sights you want to see (read more on when is the best time to visit Katavi in Western Tanzania). Throughout most of the seasons, walking safaris with guides and armed guides will lead you safely through the bush to learn unforgettable lessons about flora, fauna, reading the bush and understanding yourself. You will return more knowledgeable on every count. From December to February, go on special bird-watching safaris in the breath-taking beauty of a world refreshed. An outstanding African tour activity in Katavi is a very special fly-camping safari, booked in advance for a minimum of two days, immersed in the ultimate wilderness experience. Alone with AfricanMecca approved and expert guide, utterly dependent on your own ability to learn quickly, to reclaim your innate instincts, and to sense and accept the natural world. You will sleep in a dome tent under the stars to emerge from your civilized chrysalis as a fully-fledged human-being, with roots and a history stretching back to prehistoric man.

Dining At Katavi Wildlife Camp

Katavi Wildlife Camp is one of the Fox family’s many off-beat Tanzanian safari accommodations committed to the provision of fresh, healthy foods from their home farms, as well as to the training of local people as exemplary hospitality personnel. In this tiny, remote camp in the West of Tanzania (view map of Katavi), individual service is the norm and, since you may well be the only guests here, your preferences will be their guide. The morning meal always comprises fresh baked cinnamon bun, fruits from mango to tangerine as a cubed salad, followed by a cooked main breakfast dish and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Lunch can be taken as a picnic on a Katavi Wildlife Camp safari drive, or as a buffet in the open dining area. Salads with cooked cool meats, cheese, and chutneys are light, healthy, refreshing and sustaining: just what you need when you travel in Africa. Dinner of roast beef, chicken or goat meat with a selection of vegetables are preceded by an aperitif as you unwind from your day’s adventures, watching the leaping flames of a camp fire. Served by candlelight, and accompanied by a South African wine, it may be eaten at a shared table, as an honored friend, or as a romantic meal at a table of your own. A range of delicious vegetarian options is always available, but we recommend this preference is requested via AfricanMecca safari planner prior to arrival. All meals are included in the tariff.

Related Pages

1. Katavi Safari Park Guide2. Best Time & Weather To Visit Katavi
3. Katavi Map4. Safari Lodges, Camps & Hotels In Katavi

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When staying at Katavi Wildlife Camp in Katavi, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.

You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous or Ruaha ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.



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