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Palahala Luxury Camp in Katavi National Park is a little known, seasonal Tanzanian vacation haven, a place of untouched opulence in a land of contrasts, three hours by air from Arusha and a short game drive through a forgotten world, teeming with elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard and hyena. Set on incredibly beautiful Paradise Hill, beside the dramatic Kapapa River, it is an ideal luxury base from which to appreciate the spectacle of Africa as she might have been a hundred years ago, whilst reveling in the ultimate romance and personal indulgence of butler service, sybaritic colonial-style comfort, superlative guiding, fine dining, champagne and even Cuban cigars. Katavi National Park in the dry is no place for wimps. It is a very special “wild” African safari destination for very seasoned AfricanMecca wildlife lovers: a place to experience nature in the raw. Why would anyone take the trouble to travel to such a remote and dearer safari destination in comparison to prime and more accessible parks such as Serengeti? Why should anyone want to immerse themselves in the primeval struggle for survival as fearsome crocs by the hundred flounder over one another to access shrinking sources of water, while mud-encrusted hippos wage bloody wars, great jaws agape, trampling each other without mercy as they battle for a cooling foothold in a drying wallow. Only a person who can face the reality of victory and defeat, of power and ruthless drive to succeed, can learn the lesson of a dry season unforgettable tour to Katavi, unshaken.

Accommodation At Palahala Luxury Camp

8 spacious and amazingly beautiful octagonal tents on timber decks overlook the river and the bush-land. They are superbly designed with sophisticated zebra motifs, king-sized beds with quilts of goose down to ward off evening chills, ethnic patterned rugs, safari chairs, a writing desk and raw wood trunks (read more on where else to stay in Katavi during your AfricanMecca safari). Netted open sides afford stunning views of river, plain and woodland, whilst at night the soothing river sounds blend with the chorus of frogs and crickets, the rumble of sleepy elephants and the gurgle of hippos in an entrancing lullaby. En-suite bathrooms feature showers and hand wash basins with constant hot water and flush toilets, but since water arrives by bowser over difficult roads, it is essential to use it with care, reminding yourself that although a miraculous standard of luxury comfort is maintained in this remote wilderness, you are still on a tour in Africa, far from 21st century civilization. Solar generated power gives limited electricity, but there is no phone signal, and internet connection in the office is for emergency use only (view Katavi map to appreciate its remoteness). Candle lanterns provide fairy-tale light at night in the tents and in the dining room, with kerosene lamps along the paths and hanging in the trees. Children are welcome on a Palahala Luxury Camp safari, but are not allowed to wander unescorted. There is attentive butler service and daily laundry. The camp closes during the rains from early March to early June and November to mid-December.

Safari At Palahala Luxury Camp

An early morning game viewing trip from Palahala Camp traverses into many different types of terrain, from “Paradise Plains” teeming with eland, elephants, buffalo, topis, impalas and zebra, to riverine forest alive with Roan and Sable antelope, brightly plumed parrots, and the screech of fish eagles. Relatively undisturbed by AfricanMecca travelers on their luxurious safari tour in Tanzania, Katavi has arguably one of the greatest game concentrations and biodiversity in Tanzania with a number of predators such as royal lions, sly hyenas, attentive cheetahs, elusive leopards, unforgiving wild dogs, prehistoric crocodiles, nocturnal caracals, wild cats and servals. You need a customized four wheel drive vehicle with emergency radio and on-board refreshments, open sides and tiered seats for ease of viewing and a skilled and an experienced Katavi native guide. If you only want to see the wonderful wildlife unfazed by human proximity, you can take a walking safari or watch the action at pools and rapids on the river by the camp. Very few visitors on their safari in Africa travel to Katavi that it retains its unspoiled wilderness ambience just feet from the deck of your tent. In January and February, the Kapapa River sees an influx of migratory wading birds, bizarre pelicans, amazingly graceful on the water, leggy pink flamingos, African sacred ibis, crowned cranes and flocks of brilliantly white egrets. But in the dry, the competition for water makes for less idyllic views of nature. It is thrilling, but strong meat for strong people who can revel in the contrasting extremes of wildlife beauty and food web savagery combined with ultimate personal lavishness at Palahala Luxury Camp (read more on when is the best time to visit Katavi Park on an East Africa safari).

Dining At Palahala Luxury Camp

Food at Palahala is African holiday bush dining at its best. Amazing fusion dishes are created from fresh local produce sourced just outside Katavi National Park, cooked in a bush oven or over a camp fire in a variety of styles, from fresh baked bread to a full English breakfast, and from delicious warm soups, vegetables curry and appetizing pot roasts to delicate biscuits, pastries and sweet cakes. Your butler wakes you early in the morning with a steaming pot of aromatic Tanzanian coffee or fragrant tea. Savor it in the comfort of an armchair on your verandah as the natural world wakes up, crocodiles and hippo yawning in the river. Pretty butterflies and dazzling, diaphanous winged grasshoppers flap in the sun as you shake out your napkin and tuck in to breakfast in the open air. As there are few other people in the camp, your every wish can be made reality by an imaginative chef. A guided safari walk, or even a visit to a local gold-mine, works up an appetite for a picnic lunch at a beauty spot in the bush, or a more formal meal in the open dining tent. After a siesta, revive with afternoon tea before a game drive ending in sundowners by the Kapapa River, followed by a gourmet meal in the glittering dining area. Alternatively, AfricanMecca guests can enjoy a relaxed bush dinner in the boma stockade around a leaping Tanzanian safari campfire or at a detached decked spot.

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 Palahala Luxury 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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