In the centre of Katavi National park lies Katuma, a charming Bush Lodge that offers a riveting bush experience with breathtaking views over the vast plains of Katisunga.
Katuma Bush Lodge has been designed to blend in with its surroundings to avoid distraction from the beauty of Katavi. The Lodge retains an African simplicity and is an idyllic base for exploring the spectacular wildlife of this remote and wild Park.
The Mess area consists of a comfortable guest lounge, a spacious dining facility and spectacular viewing and swimming pool deck. The central fireplace on the main deck creates a warm and inviting ambience.
Meals are freshly flavoured, aromatic and accompanied with tropical fruits and juices. When barbecues are served, guests are seated under the shade of tamarind trees whilst watching the sun setting over the plains.
Katuma Bush Lodge consists of spacious and comfortably furnished safari tents on raised wooden platforms, each with a writing desk, lamps, fine linen and en-suite facilities offering step-in showers with a full range of amenities.
Each tent has a private, furnished balcony allowing for excellent views over the plains.
Game Viewing is exceptionally rewarding at Katavi due to the sheer abundance of wildlife.
Game drives centre around the woodland areas along the seasonal lakes, where most of the game can be found including the big cats.
For those who want to get even closer to nature, Walking Safaris are also on offer early mornings when the light is at its best.
Katavi National Park
The name ‘Katavi’ immortalizes the legendary hunter, ‘Katabi’, whose spirit is believed to possess a local tamarind tree tinged with offerings from locals begging his blessings.
Tanzania’s third largest national park – Isolated, untrammelled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few visitors who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as it must have been a century ago.
The park’s main geographical features are the wetland grass plains to the north and the palm-fringed Lake Chada to the south-east, but the main focus for game viewing within the park is the Katuma River. During the rainy season, these lush, marshy lakes are a haven for myriad waterbirds, and they also support Tanzania’s densest concentrations of hippo and crocodile.
It is during the dry season, when the floodwaters retreat, that Katavi truly comes into its own. The Katuma, reduced to a shallow, muddy trickle, forms the only source of drinking water for miles around, and the flanking floodplains support game concentrations that defy belief.
An estimated 4,000 elephants might converge on the area, together with several herds of buffalo, while an abundance of giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck provide easy pickings for the numerous lion prides and spotted hyena clans whose territories converge on the floodplains.
Safaris including Katuma Bush Lodge are:
Or we can tailor-make a Tanzania safari to combine this property with other areas such as Ngorongoro, Manyara, Serengeti – please contact us for details and prices.