Little has changed at Chada Katavi since we arrived 20 years ago. From the air you have to look carefully to spot it, you'll find your eyes are immediately drawn to such wide open spaces. That's the promise of Katavi, total absorption into the natural world.
We’ve kept Chada Katavi the way it began - small and intimate with just six East African safari tents. Each of them is spacious and comfortable with wide-open fronts giving you panoramic views of the plain and animal life that constantly comes and goes.
Chada Katavi's tents, just 6 of them, rest beneath shady trees on the edge of the Chada Plain. They have wide-open fronts and lots of shade net windows to let in the passing breeze. You have to be looking carefully to spot the tents (we’ve made sure of this) and they blend totally into their surroundings. So much so in fact, that you often don't have to leave your tent veranda to see game of all kinds. Elephant are frequent visitors, attracted to the same shady fruit trees as us, and vast herds of buffalo graze on the flood plain.
Chada Katavi is designed to be a stylishly simple bushcamp and since we share all the resources here with Katavi's animals and so we’ve ensured that our footprint remains light. We've avoided unnecessary fripperies but you'll still find all your needs taken care of.
The en-suite bathrooms all have eco-flush loos and an urn of cool water to refresh yourself. Safari style bucket showers are the best thing here, tried and tested and we can think of no better way to wash off the Katavi dust under one of these. Water is a valuable resource here, especially during the dryer months, and we share it with a great many other animals - we take this very seriously here and "bucket showers" help us to do that.
In a clearing you'll find the dining tent and a library, both are comfortable little spaces to while away the hours when you're not out in the midst of a safari adventure. An evening drink around the campfire is the essence of safari, helping to round off a day of excitement out in the wild.