Southern tanzania
Swahili Coast
Hippo tours
Southern Tanzania
Selous Game Reserve
Ruaha National Park
Mahale Mountains
Katavi National Park
Best time to visit
December, january, february & march
  Green and lush after short rains, great birding and wild flowers. Great elephant and plains game sightings
  Green and lush after the long rains - one of the best months
July to october
  Drying out, amazing game, hot in build up to Nov rains

The Shangri-la of the East African safari parks, Katavi is a place that has been visited by someone your friends know but never by anyone you actually ask. A mythical place of vast proportions, both in land size and the reputed herds that congregate there, if ever there was a safari destination reserved only for the intrepid and die-hard safariistas then Katavi is it.

The reality more than does justice to the myth
A million hectares of wilderness gamelands in Western Tanzania, days drive from the main cities, with crowded plains and rivers teeming with game and fewer visitors per year than there are elephants. With a biomass (literally meat per square mile) higher then anywhere else in the Africa except the Serengeti in Migration, the wildlife rewards are incalculable against the efforts made to get there. Herds of buffalo thousands-strong, seething masses of hippo wedged into the waterholes, elephants wandering in all directions and large groups of every antelope in attendance, it is easiest in Katavi to sit in one place and let the game proceed past you.

Much of the attention of the 2200 square kilometers of Katavi is focused on two areas that are either swamps, shallow lakes or plains, depending on when you visit them. As in most parks, a visit in dry season will guarantee spectacular concentrations of the wildlife around the water areas, and the swampy nature of the park during the rainy season makes Katavi inaccessible for much of the year, making visits there even more privileged.
If you were to ask us which of the parks manages to not only excels all expectations, then Katavi would be our recommendation, not just because of the sheer biomass and concentration of wildlife, or the lack of visitors, but simply because it comes closer to a safari ideal than anywhere we have visited. And we had no expectations when we went there.


Chada is eight tents in a million acres. Chada's humble nod of recognition to its wildlife hosts is evident in the accommodation - spacious safari tents, a blend of brown canvas, leather & brass in the "campaign-style" safari feel. Opulent food and wine are obligatory in such surroundings and Chada miraculously provides both, luxury in the wilderness of an affluence that is unquantifiable.

From Chada Katavi you can take your pick from game drives in open 4 wheel drive 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.
A few more days…