Reviews of Katavi Wildlife Camp
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Katavi was an experience. Firstly we were the only guests in the only still open camp Katavi Wildlife Camp. Secondly we had an enormous luck with the weather, being the rainy season we had basically sun or some cloudy skies but no rain for 4 days. The roads were fine, yes you could not get everywhere because of the earlier rains but able to travel to Chada plains besides the Katsunga plains next to the lodge.
The game viewing was good, great to see elands and topi besides the more prevalent groups of elephants, buffalo, kudu, waterbuck , reedbuck, etc. and of course hippo and crocs. We knew that cats would be more difficult due to the high grass still we spotted leopard and hyena. Sable and roan antelope though was ought of sight. Our focus in Katavi was also birding which was fantastic, not being experienced at all yet fascinating and rewarding to see (and mostly be able to take some pics) of close to 100 birds in a few days.
The camp manager (Lewis) had all the time in the world for us being the only guests which was nice, chatting about anything over lunches and dinners. The staff was excellent, having both a guide as a driver and an "official" guide providing 2 pairs of excellent eyes spotting birds (and noting them duly in checklist). Food was really good, tasty and plentiful also in the light that the camp did close when we left thus the fridge was supposed to be empty when we left !
Wild Africa at it's best.
This was our 2nd visit to Katavi. This time in the dry season, last time in the wet season.
This time it was easier to get around but last time everywhere looked nicer. Tse Tse flies quite bad both times but didn't spoil the trip at all. Staff as friendly and helpfull as ever and the evening discussions with the manager, Nick, just confirmed that his reputation of being extremely knowledgable was no exageration.
So many highlights but for me the best had to be getting photos of slender mongoose and dwalf mongoose after years of trying and also seeinf Roan antelope for the first time. The Roan were like a London bus, you wait for ever for one then see them every day. Wonderfull!!! Rooms were great and a joy to see a civet walking through camp one night right in front of us.
Also saw our first Black Spitting Cobra and also our first Black Mamba hanging from a tree.Luckily, we didn't get too close to either.
Being the only guests in camp, my wife and I were treated like royalty.
Our guide Ramano (Fred) and Kevin our driver, not only did everything expected of them but far more on top of that.
We also had a good laugh on each game drive. Martha, the relief manager was great company but had an unfortunate accident. I hope that your arm is ok Martha.
Katavi Wilderness Camp review
Our experience in Katavi has been exceptional, made even better by Nick Greaves, camp manager and head guide. We have done many safaris before but it has to be said that Nick has been our best guide ever!
The bandas are comfortable and well equipped, staff was very hospitable.
One thing to note if you wish to see the crocodile caves and the mass hippo pools, you will need to go in September/October time.