Katavi has two vastly different faces.

Our dry season, which runs from June through to end October, gets more and more intense as the temperatures rise. As the season progresses, the river - life blood to so many of its animals - starts to dry up; the pools and watering holes fill up with pods of hippo almost stacking up on top of each other to try and get into the water. The savanna grass is golden, and the sunsets are dusty, the heat shimmers like a mirage over the plain. This is Katavi as raw and real as it can possibly be, and when Chada comes into its own.

The rains usually come mid-November and go through until early June. Katavi then undergoes a complete transformation. Almost as soon as the first rains hit the ground, everything goes green; long green and lush grasses sprout from what was just dry and cracked earth. The rivers flow again, the pools overflow and there is space for all. It's a birders paradise as all the migratory birds flock back. Grass as high as an elephant’s eye, but there is still so much to see. Chada closes for the main part of the rainy season.

June

July

August

September

October

November

Still green, wildlife starting to gather

Beautiful green bush after the rains and plentiful food for the wildlife which is starting to return to the plains. Grass can be long so viewing can be more challenging.

Pleasant temperatures - warm days, cool nights.

Prices from $865 per person per night
June

Wildlife converging in open plains

Bush starting to thin out and a wide variety of species congregate on the open plains, making for great game viewing.

Drying out, starting to warm up. Still cool in the early mornings and evenings.

Prices from $1,130 per person per night
July

Great variety of wildlife

Wildlife competes for the available water and the bush is dry and grass low, ideal for walking.

Wildlife often on the plains or taking refuge from the heat of the day in the treeline.

Hot days, warm nights and dry.

Prices from $1,130 per person per night
August

Peak game viewing time…

…as wildlife gathers around available water and food pressure increases. Large pods of hippo fight for territory and crocodiles start to aestivate in riverbanks.

Middle of dry season - hot days and warm nights, surface water thinning out.

Prices from $1,130 per person per night
September

Game gathering in larger numbers

Vast hippo pods and dozens of crocodiles are a unique Katavi phenomenon at this time of year. Otherwise, great month of big game and walking.

Hot and dry. Clear skies ideal for nights out in the fly-camp.

Prices from $1,130 per person per night
October

Possibility of the first rains

First rains start to ease the pressure on the water and food while still offering great opportunities for big game viewing.

Generally hot and dry with the possibility of first rains.

Prices from $865 per person per night
November

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

M. Dossena

Review for entamanu

Outstanding Service

Great location - outstanding service

S. Emmel

Review for entamanu

Magical Place

This was a magical place, the last of 4 during our trip, & we only wish we’d had more time. The view from the cozy living room & deck is enchanting. Great service & people. Hope to return

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H. Puerta-Carlson

Review for kigelia

Beautiful Stay, Excellent Experience

I had a beautiful stay and excellent experience here at Nomad Ruaha. The whole staff was very welcoming, hospitable and kind. The tours were very thrilling and great information on the animals was provided. The camp ground was very beautiful and in sync with nature; we saw many animals near the camp...

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