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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Tue, Nov 10, 2015

1st Sept 2016, an annular solar eclipse in Katavi and Mahale!


Next year 1st September of 2016, we are going to be the lucky guys to witness an annular solar eclipse!!! A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. The annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun's, blocking most of the Sun's light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring), "the ring of fire"! An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region of the Earth thousands of kilometres wide. The path of annularity for this eclipse starts in the South Atlantic Ocean, crossing central African regions of Gabon, the Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Mozambique before passing over Madagascar, the small island of Reunion before ending in Indian Ocean. Here is a map of its trajectory :

The best viewing is near the point of greatest eclipse in Tanzania, giving an annularity duration of 3 minutes and 6 seconds, so yes we will be ready for that here in Katavi and our friends in Mahale!!!  Can't wait to witness this unique event in the middle of the african savanna!!! Here is the link to the Nasa'site for it!


Fri, Oct 23, 2015

The spotting of Sable and Roan Antelopes in Katavi!

One of the great stuff in Katavi is that sometimes you can spot those marvelous antelopes! Last morning on the way to the airstrip boum! here they were, 2 cubs and 5 adults Sable's. As the season getting so dry, the chances are bigger as they coming close to the last remaining water points! A few days earlier, again, a male this time, all black, very shy, ran away from us straight, I know the photo is not the best but quiet an excitement! 

Sable's and Roan's are very similar in appearance and both overlap the same range of habitat in Katavi. The Sable Antelope is just slightly smaller, the male is black and female reddish-brown above, unlike the Roan Antelope’s rufous-grey colouring. The Roan Antelope’s horns are shorter and less curved than the Sable’s. Here are the Roan's on the nexts photos, confusing isn't it?!

Such a privilege to be in Katavi and seeing those...., so rare in Tanzania! Thanks to Jonathan Wynne and Chris Ferrante to share with us your Roan's photos guys!  Julien

Mon, Oct 5, 2015

Clash of the titans!

The season is getting dryer and dryer, and now it's time for fights! Male hippos are going to war over territory and mates. The combatants can weigh two tons; it's a tail-biting clash of the titans. Hippos mostly rest or sleep in the day, lying out on the river bank and taking a dip to cool down or avoid any danger. After dusk it's a different story. Searching for grass to graze they will often cover large areas along the bank and wander several kilometres away from the water. Than back to Mud Mud, Glorious Mud! 

Not easy life! Specially for those little kids finding a way in between those giants!!

Fri, Sep 25, 2015

When “Josephine’s ” family come and have a share with us!

It's just always so magic when Josephine and her kids come and share a bit with us. This week we were eating lunch when our friends had the great idea to visit us, as they so often do. That time was so lovely as our little "James" had a nap between the legs our his brothers! Such great and funny to watch! So happy for our guests to witness this magical experience, having the chances to be so closed from our dear friends! 

Josephine, we just so much love you here in Chada...... Thanks my beauty for being around!   Julien

Tue, Sep 22, 2015

King Chada leading his pride to the night’s hunt!

Our Chada pride with his king are ruling the Katuma River's edges those last few weeks. 3 nights ago, our guests went on an nightgame drive discovering our pride having a nice dinner, buffalo was on the menu! Such a great spotting for our guests with some individuals walking around the car, destroying bones, roaring for success! A bit earlier in the day, our guides felt the need of hunt of our pride, with King Chada (on the next photo) looking aroung with as you can see a quiet empty belly. Well it didn't take long to fill that up, a few hours later, such a great "Devour Show" could be witnessed by our guests!! Thanks Jonathan Wynne for those photos my friend! Julien



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