Western Tanzania

Katavi National Park and the Mahale Mountains

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A safari of extraordinary contrasts

Two of the most iconic parks in Africa. Katavi is about remote, expeditionary safari experiences. Mahale takes you further off the map, to meet our chimpanzee cousins in the epic Mahale Mountains. Put simply, this is the pinnacle of wilderness.

Chada Katavi Fly Camp

Chada Katavi Fly Camp

Nature is a drink best taken neat. Being out there in the immensity of a Chada night, gives you gallons of this intoxicating liquor.

Greystoke Mahale

In our famous jungle-chic lodge by a gin-clear lake, we live and breathe chimpanzees.

Chada Katavi

Chada Katavi

A classic expeditionary camp in a million acres of mammals.

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Combined Camps


You can combine any of our camps to create the ultimate safari experience, whether you are staying within any one park or across regions.

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Nomad in Western Tanzania

Western Tanzania gets us seriously excited. This is a part of Tanzania that is as far off the tourist circuit as you are likely to get. Wild, remote and almost unchanged since we first arrived some 20 years ago. 

Katavi National Park is the true eldorado of safaris, and is somewhere that even today, few people have been lucky enough to visit. Perhaps because of this, it feels untouched, almost like travelling back in time. This is the promise of Katavi - total absorption in the natural world and we have kept our camp Chada Katavi true to its roots. A small, comfortable yet not over the top expeditionary outpost from which to explore.  

In the 1,613 square kms of the Mahale Mountains, there are still no roads and it is no exaggeration to say that there is no where in the world like Greystoke Mahale. It affects us in a way that no other place does; we think it's because of its remoteness, with the mountains rising from the beach at our backs, the wide lake with its many different moods and the feeling that we are the only ones here.

Suffice it to say, we feel extraordinarily lucky to be the custodians of this sensational corner of Africa. 

Western Tanzania

It’s a long, long way away, but then the best places often are.

Our early days in Western Tanzania

"The air is scented with jasmine, the forest rich, the water of the lake gin-clear and lightly chilled. And if I dare to put an imprint on this paradise I had better get it right" - Roland Purcell

Purcells - early Greystoke days

On a perfect day in June 1988 Roland Purcell decided he wasn't going to leave Mahale. A year later,  Zoe came there too, and made the same decision. As months and years passed together in this far-flung place, they created an extraordinary life, a castaway family and the amazing fantasy camp of Greystoke Mahale.

Katavi - original bucket shower

Bucket showers have changed a bit, but they're still this fun. The Purcell's lived a wild and adventurous life with their children in some of Tanzania's most far out corners of wilderness. It is this adventurous spirit that still lives on in our Western camps today. 

Katavi - early Chada camp-site

One day, when flying low over a stretch of wilderness that went as far as the eye could see, Roland and Zoe spotted a seemingly endless herd of buffalo and landed their plane nearby. They set up camp for the night on the edge of the great Chada plain and from here they ventured out into this unknown landscape. You'll be pleased to hear camp has come on a bit since then. 

Katavi - raising a bush family

Safari in the blood - a young Purcell in Katavi. The Purcells lived way out in Western Tanzania for 17 years with their children. 

Our Camps in Western Tanzania

As a company that was born from its love of wilderness, we take responsibility for its protection.

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Lamai Serengeti - great job!

Great job Nomad! My client called me earlier today from Lamai, they are simply blown away and they have been on numerous safaris before… well...

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I couldn’t manage a more wonderful experience.

This was my very first safari camp, and I couldn't imagine a more wonderful experience.  The service and staff was professional, courteous,...

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Sand Rivers Selous

Mike and Carol were marvelous hosts. Welcoming and amenable. Really good. All the staff were very helpful and charming.


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