Chad Katavi Camp –
“Life as an adventure; the world as a living, breathing thing. Man as detail.” Roland Percel at Chad
Chada Katavi is situated in the core of Katavi National Park, and is reputed to be one of the wildest places on earth. From its elevated vantage point on a peninsula that rises out of the miombo woodland, the camp is perfectly positioned for panoramic views over the Chada plain. Filling the floor of the Rukwa Valley – a minor fault of the western rift – Katavi National Park spans over a million acres. From the escarpments, rivers run down through Tamarind and Albida forests to feed vast floodplains.
Massed on the plains are the last great herds of buffalo in East Africa. Almost everywhere you look there’s something grazing, bellowing, fighting, mating, hunting. Days on the hoof in Katavi can be wild beyond belief.
Hidden in the trees that flank it are six guest tents, now spread with crisp white Eygyptian cottons and thick floor rugs. The tents are large, romantic and airy, the bathrooms are bush deluxe. Although supremely comfortable, the camp neither intrudes upon nor detracts from the majesty of the place itself. Wickedly indulged, watching the elephants head out to water as dusk falls, you feel like one of the last great pioneers; with binoculars in your hand, and Africa filling your head.
You can take your pick from; game drives in open 4 wheel drive vehicles, walking with a guide, fly camping for a night under the stars, or simply soaking it all up from your tent veranda. Walking safaris take you even deeper into Katavi´s untamed world. Rare roan and sable antelope, normally skittish and shy, graze openly on these plains. On foot you experience another side of Africa, that which takes flight at the sound of approaching vehicles.
To tip the balance from African safari to intrepid adventure, fly camping brings you to the very heart of the Katavi wilderness. Sleeping with only a mosquito net between you and the night sky, the experience of the bush is inimitable