Chada Katavi

The Original Katavi Camp

Katavi National Park, in the far west of Tanzania, is somewhere that, even today, few people have been lucky enough to visit. Perhaps because of this, it feels untouched almost like traveling back in time; Chada Katavi sits in the midst of this truly wild place. 

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Sat, Aug 29, 2015

Our female leopard “Dogo”


For the last week we have the chance to follow the adventures of our female leopard "Dogo"! This lady found the perfect spot along the Katuma River, using a beautiful Rain Tree as great spotting point. Not far from that a herd of impalas were grassing around, "Dogo" took her chance with excellent success and as we came back the next day, Dogo was lying down with one of those impalas hanging down from the tree!  Karin and Chris Ferrante our guests for one week gave me this great and special picture, "Dogo" checking her impala before getting a nice nap at the shadow!   Big thanks guys!!  Julien

Fri, Aug 14, 2015

It’s what we call a “happy” leopard in Katavi!


On the beginning of this week, just great fun for our guests! First driving of their day and here is this wonderful female leopard coming out from the bush, and slowly walking towards the car! Than again, sniffing the tyre, hop, just passing in the front and a few meters later, a bit of a nap for her! Well, it's what we call a relax and a happy leopard! So great!  Julien

Sat, Aug 8, 2015

The Elephants “Mahoni Family” are back!


Today the all team of Chada were very excited! Since the last 2 years, the so called "Mahoni Family" spent some weeks at the camp, 9 individuals! Well they are back!!  As i came from the office towards the Mess Dining area, here they were! Matriach on the lead! The photo here represents one of her older daughter, almost closing the group and you can feel how she starts playing the role of a "mama", feeling responsible! The funny story was when the Matriach arrives at the entrance where we normally hosts our guests, there was a little tree! Well it seems that the Matriarch didn't like it, in one movement of her trunck,  the tree was gone!! My poor litlle tree...!!      Julien 

Thu, Jan 8, 2015

Katavi Photo Diary

Late last year journalist Anna Chittenden visited some of Nomad's more remote camps.  Her first time to Africa, and struck by the wildness around her, she produced this photo diary of her escapades.

"It was love at first sight when I arrived at the ever so remote location of Chada Katavi, in Katavi National Park. After a couple of days travelling, first from Singapore to Kilimanjaro, and then from Arusha to Katavi on a light propeller plane I was beginning to wonder if the destination could match up to the expectations mounting during this marathon of a journey… I wasn’t disappointed. It was an early morning start leaving from a shack of an airport at Arusha, past an active volcano and then coming into land skimming the tree tops below where you could see the heads of giraffe munching on green leaves from your little plane seat.

Chada Katavi is an intimate boutique safari camp, with only six canvas tents accommodating a small group of 12 people at a time. The design is stylish, whilst maintaining the simplicity that fits with the raw nature of the environment. So while there is a strong focus on being sustainable, comforts aren’t forgotten. The rooms are decked out with lovely antique wooden beds and old fashioned campaign furniture, the storm lanterns are solar powered, and the shower consists of a 20 litre eco bucket shower which is filled up with warm water on request.

As well as the usual game drives, Chada Katavi also offer a ‘fly camping’ experience, where they take you to a secret location somewhere on the plain and set up a simple mosquito netted tent as your home for the evening. The whole point of the activity is to bring you back to nature, where you can get a chance to hear the animals howling in the night while sleeping in their territory. Again, the little luxuries are taken into account during the evening, with a fully stocked bush bar for round the campfire drinks, followed by a 3 course alfresco dinner underneath a palm tree.

A big thank you to all the fantastic Nomad Tanzania staff that runs Chada Katavi that made our trip so memorable!"

Touchdown on the sandy runway at Katavi

Keeping it high class in the VIP lounge

Flying over Ol Donyo Lengai - an active volcano

The camp at Chada Katavi

Outdoor living at Chada

Some of our group in the mess tent with our host Mohammed

Our cosy bedroom decked out in home comforts

Our 'loo with a view' tent

Of course you need a wardrobe in a tent (with white bath robes)

Antique bed and solar lantern detail

Getting up close to this beautiful leopard

The famous 'hippo pools' of Katavi

A lion on the lookout

Having my morning tea to this scene!

Our picnic breakfast out during a drive, next to a pod of hippos below, with the view of elephants under the trees.

Elephants marching towards us unfazed

The simple mosquite netted tents...our only protection against the wild on our night out fly-camping.

Not forgetting the little luxuries, a wooden loo is placed over a long drop, a bucke shower has been installed between the palm trees.

Our knowledgeable guide Emmanuel talks us through the animal footprints during our walking safari.

Saying goodbye to the amazing staff at Chada Katavi

Words and photos, Anna Chittenden from Lost Guides 

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Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Mud, mud, glorious mud!

Erstwhile Nomad camp manager and ace photogrpaher, Mark Sheridan Johnson, sometimes pops in to take over when other managers are on leave.  We're always delighted when he comes because he takes some amazing photos and shares them with us.  Like these rather "in your face" pics of our Katavi resident hippos.  You can see more of Mark's work on his web-site:


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