Chada Camp

Reviews of Chada Camp

Excellent(98%) From 31 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 31 of our travellers who have visited Chada Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr. I from London
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chada Camp review

Having been to Selous and Ruaha and had a wonderful time, enjoying the varied features and wildlife of both places, Katavi had a lot to live up to ... but it triumphed. It was both me and my wife's favourite of the three. Admittedly, it is not the place to go for a first-time safari go-er with a checklist of animals to see, but this place is more wild and therefore more rewarding as a result.

I had read in one write-up of Katavi that you could end up seeing more lion than people and I took that with a pinch of salt ... but we did in fact see more lion than other travelers. The Chada pride were spread but out in force and to see the male lion roar right next to us on a night drive was memorable. We watched elephant families play, a bull elephant shove a tamarind tree so that the fruit showered down and male giraffe mock neck-fighting. The hippos and crocs combination were always entertaining and we saw leopard on both day and night drives.

As for the camp, this is run by the cheerful Julian who was an excellent host entertaining guests with his stories. This camp was no doubt at the higher-end than our two in Selous and Ruaha but it maintains that rustic and wild feel. Again, elephant families were frequent visitors to camp, giraffe wandered by, a banded mongoose family foraged around our tent and bushbucks and vervet monkeys were also frequent visitors. The food at the camp was excellent and service impeccable.

We loved the varied activities on offer here. Yes, the game-drives were shared unlike in our previous camps, but the quality of guiding by Dismas was very high and we enjoyed the walking safari which was a decent length allowing us some much-needed exercise. The fly-camping (under a separate review) is a must-do.

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Mr & Mrs F from Hunton
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chada Camp review

A remote camp but the flight transfer went well and we benefitted from seeing almost no other landrovers on any drive (typically only one other and that was often the other vehicle from the camp). Game sightings were good and the walking safari, fly camping and night drives were excellent. Our early morning coffee was a highlight - which sounds daft but it really was that good! The food was also excellent and well judged.
Unusually, in our experience, the afternoon drive ended before dark so the night drive was a separate trip but well worth doing once.
The staff were all quite excellent and it was a joy to be able to speak to so many, so easily. It was only on leaving that we found that Nomad employed an English teacher who rotated around camps for three months at a time but it was clearly an initiative which was hugely successful, helping both staff and guests!
Our one negative (which we knew all about before our trip) was the tsetse flies which were typically persistent and irritating. Knowing in advance allowed us to prepare mentally so they did not ruin an otherwise excellent camp!
One unexpected bonus was that rain a week before we arrived had kicked off spring and trees were beginning to blossom. As a result we were able to smell some wonderful scents we had not experienced before - who knew that the mahogany trees smelt like honeysuckle? We didn't and were quite unprepared for the impact as you walked or drove through the bush!

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Ms G from Georgia
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Marvelous camp and safari

Wonderful accommodations, great food and staff, great animal sightings!

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Mr & Mrs P from Volcano
Arrived on: 26-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great Camp in a Nice Location

We went to Katavi to see the large herds of buffalo that the park is famous for, and were not disappointed. We saw several herds of up to 500 animals! Elephant encounters were quite common as well. Safari camps in the park are few, and Chada Camp is by far the best option available. The camp is well designed and managed. Food and service were excellent. Guiding was good, but our guide had to be encouraged to visit the more remote parts of the park. A rough drive to the area called Paradise was a real highlight and is a must if visiting this park.

Although Chada Camp itself was excellent, we were a bit disappointed in the park itself. It is promoted as a real wilderness experience because of its size and remote location. But the network of roads is very limited, and quite often one is crossing a major gravel road that has a fair amount of local traffic, including buses, on it. That was a surprise in a park touted as a real wilderness!

Game viewing was very good, although diversity was limited. This was likely due to the fact that it was an extremely wet year and water was still plentiful in many inaccessible areas so the game could stay dispersed.

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Mr P from Sai Kung
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chada Camp review

This is an excellent 'camp' - perfectly remote and feels like an authentic safari!

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Mr & Mrs K from Guildford
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A camp to experience nature at it's best

Chada is not a luxury camp, it is under canvas in the bush, small, comfortable, with eco loos and bucket showers but that is what we wanted and expected. Katavi is one of the less visited national parks but we found it delightful, uncrowded but with great game viewing.........especially if you want to see Hippo !

Our hosts, Barbara and Fabio, were delightful and our guide, Joe, excellent with great knowledge and a sense of fun.

Food was good despite being "in the middle of nowwhere ". We came back from the whole trip with great admiration for the Tanzanian chefs.

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Mr K & Ms C from Germany
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great park and good game viewing

Overall, I would give it 4.5 stars

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Ms P from London
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Katavi is a beautiful park, with a good variety of landscapes and few visitors.

Game viewing is very good, although animal densities were not as high as I expected, perhaps because of extremely limited water. The exception was hippos: so many hippos, squashed into shrinking muddy pools - they made for wonderful sundowner spots!

Highlights included carefully tracking a leopard snoozing in a tree and a lioness hunting a bushbuck. Birds were excellent, too. Chada is wonderful camp, with comfortable tents, tasty food (highlights included some wonderful pork empanadas for lunch, although there were always plenty of fresh salads and fruit, too) and, above all, delightful staff, including our experienced guide, Jairu.

We were rather fortunate to share the camp with just one other couple; it felt almost decadent. Elephants visited the camp daily, which was really quite a thrill (and completely safe, thanks to the staff's care).

I would stay definitely stay there again.

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Mr & Mrs R from Aberdeen
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Amazing stay at Chada our favorite camp

We loved Chada Camp, Katavi National Park and our morning in Paradise.

The camp was expertly run by Hansa, The staff were wonderful and service great. The food was excellent and our tent was very pleasant cool and always had plenty to view from our tents veranda. We had close encounters with a family group of elephants who drank from our bucket shower and from the bird bath in front of the tent. The bathroom and toilet were en suite and a fan was effective in keeping the tent cool in evenings

Our Guide Joe was excellent and always had something interesting to show us.He found us lion and leopard but the stars of the show were the hundreds of hippo and crocodiles trying to fit in the remaining water. Hippo pool was amazing with the storks using the backs of hippos to fish from. We had a great night drive with sightings of hyena, genets ,white tailed mongoose and owls. Joe was thrilled to see bush pig on one drive. We spent a morning in Paradise which was a beautiful experience


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Mrs M from Japan
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful camp!

It took about 3 hours from Serengeti to Katavi.
Katavi is remote but a beautiful place. It has variety of landscapes, animals, birds ......
I was welcomed by Katavi team. Manager Hamza was very friendly and helpful.

My guide, Jo was skilled, passionate, and helpful.
I shared the game drives with an American Gentleman for 3 days. It was fun to share the experience with him.
Elephant sometimes passed close to my room...I got thrilled...I was scared a little though.

On my 4th night, Hamza (the manager) and another guide took me a night game drive. It was a wonderful drive, it didn't take more than 5 minuites to find 2 leopards.

It was lovely to interact with other guests...very friendly Italian families.

I love Katavi so much. I really want to go there again..

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