A classic expeditionary camp in a million acres of mammals.

When we first pushed into Katavi way back, no one had signed the park guestbook for a decade; camp was three bedrolls and a fire. We went feral in the freedom of being amongst such concentrations of beasts. Though we've upgraded since then, with comparative luxuries like showers and silverware - we stay faithful to how that felt, and our outpost still sits amongst the elephants, bellowing hippos and tamarind trees.

Large, airy, spacious and classic. Our six tents at Chada Katavi lie deep in the heart of Katavi National Park.

Visitors of all shapes and sizes join us in camp at Chada Katavi.

The location of our classic expeditionary camp in Katavi hasn't changed in 20 years.

The heart of the camp at Chada Katavi, raised decks nestle under the tamarind trees overlooking the vast Chada plains.

Breakfast with a view over the Chada plain and Chada Katavi; what more could you want?

Crocodiles aestivate in deep caves dug in the river banks in Katavi National Park.

Dinner under the stars deep in wildest Africa at Chada Katavi.

An epic moment captured right in front of camp at Chada Katavi.

Katavi has a special kind of magic that means that we live alongside wildlife as we weren't even there.

Dining al fresco in Katavi National Park. With so much space, why not?

Hippos throng to the available water during as the dry season progresses

Photo: Henrik Egede-Larsen

The big boys of the bush.

That heart-stopping feeling of being on foot with wildlife, on their turf.

At home in the wilderness.

Set out on foot in the late afternoon, pausing to watch life happening around you.

Shedding

Enhancing lives at Chada

From enhancing dynamic careers to working with local communities and conservation projects, here are some inspiring stories from our camp in western Tanzania.

Photography intern trips in the west

Chada has hosted several intern photography trips over the years. Katavi is a photographers dream and ideal spot of wilderness for our interns to learn their trade with wide open plains, enormous herds of buffalo and not a human soul in sight.

Health & wellbeing

Medical outreach

Bringing bright smiles to the west

We hold dentist outreach clinics to the far-flung areas of western Tanzania where oral healthcare is hard to come by. Our dentist professionals visit schools outside Katavi National Park, as well as giving the Chada staff the once over. The professional team fly into Chada, use it as their base before spreading smiles across the remote areas of western Tanzania.

Life long learning & growth

Supporting schools

Teacher training in neighbouring schools

Using Chada as our base and Nomad vehicles for transport, we facilitate specialist teacher training workshops in the village schools surrounding Katavi National Park. The training aims to equip teachers with skills and tools to better cope with the harsh teaching environments they deal with daily.

The training was conducted by an education organisation from Arusha, The Foundation for Tomorrow. We’re delighted to join the dots for them and give them access to the remote schools in western Tanzania.

Conservation & environment

Supporting conservation partners

Support for the LCMO

Based in western Tanzania, the Landscape and Conservation Mentors Organisation (LCMO) supports communities around Katavi, running conservation, environment, and education projects.

We support the LCMO with intern programmes for conservation field work, fund seat on planes and beds in camp for them and we also invest in their village ambassador programmes.

Western Tanzania safaris

Our Western Tanzania camps bring a safari of extraordinary contrasts. Katavi is about remote, expeditionary safaris. Mahale takes you further off the map, to meet our chimpanzee cousins. Put simply, this is the pinnacle of life-changing safaris.

Reviews

A. Mele

Review for entamanu

Unforgettable Safari Experience

We had an amazing trip to Entamanu camp. The safari drive of the crater was breathtaking - time flew by as there was so much to see. It was evident that our safari tour guides wanted to make sure we had an unforgettable experience, which they succeeded! Also, whole staff was very kind, welcoming, an...

V. Silverman

Review for kuro

Outstanding Service

You haven’t been to Tanzania without a visit to Kuro Taragire. Outstanding service- animals outside your bedroom door. Lovely warm staff. What a delight!

K. Koster

Review for entamanu-private

Friendly and Helpful Staff

Great place to stay, with friendly and helpful staff.

P. Kohanski

Review for serengeti-safari-camp

Wonderful Personal Attention

Wonderful experience. Lots of personal attention. Food was great. Guide was fantastic and knowledgeable. Great people

K. Perkins

Review for sand-rivers

Life-Changing Experience

This was an absolutely life-changing experience. I have learned so much about Tanzania and it’s natural wildlife. The staff is incredible, they made our stay unforgettable. So kind and helpful— they very accommodating and friendly. Our guide was excellent and so knowledgeable about everything. Their...

M. Bright

Review for kuro

Great Wildlife Camp

What a great camp. The wildlife right at camp is amazing

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