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Foxes Katavi Camp

Lake Tanganyika and western Tanzania, Tanzania

Katavi Wildlife Camp is situated in the heart of the remote and beautiful Katavi National Park in Western Tanzania. This camp is a great little bush camp in a stunning location well off the beaten track. The game viewing in Katavi is mindblowing.

At a Glance

  • For every 1000 who visit the Serengeti, it is thought only 1 makes it to Katavi

  • This is real Africa: remote, wild and at its stunning best

  • Foxes is a true African bush camp in an area of incredible game

  • Best in the dry season for the congregation of game around the remaining water, also stunning in the wet, especially for birders

Adventure, Couples, Off the beaten track, Wildlife

Insider's View

Katavi National Park is Africa's best kept secret

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

This is the ultimate off-the-beaten-track destination

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

This is what safari is all about

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Foxes Katavi has a prime spot at the mouth of the Katuma River. It doesn't get better than this

Scott Dunn team

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Foxes Katavi Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Lake Tanganyika and western Tanzania

Description

Katavi is Tanzania's third largest and most remote National Park. The Katavi plains are home to the last great herds of Buffalo in Africa, however, each year only a few hundred people make their way to this remote location to experience it.

Katavi Wildlife Camp is owned and run by the Fox family, veterans of Tanzanian safaris and owners of safari camps across the country. Bruce Fox and his brother stumbled upon the location for the camp on a trip out from Ruaha, immediately spotting its potential for great game viewing. The Camp offers spectacular views across the floodplain from all of the tented rooms and the main areas. The camp itself is located on Ktisunga flood plain, close to the location where it is drained by the Katuma River. As a result, during the dry season guests are able to observe the movements of game between the plains and the remaining pools of water, resulting in regular dramatic sightings close to camp.

Three floodplains form the heart of Katavi, Lake Katavi, Katisunga and Lake Chada are linked by the Katuma River which boasts one of the largest populations of hippo and crocodile in Africa. The vast grasslands, availability of water and isolation have contributed to the presence of huge herds throughout the park. It is not uncommon to see herds of several thousand buffalo congregating on the plains to graze during the dry season. With these huge herds come healthy populations of big cats. The interaction between predator and prey in Katavi is ever-present and often very dramatic.

Accommodation

Just eight walk-in tents are raised on wooden platforms providing a private veranda at the entrance of the tent with great views. All tents have an en-suite bathroom with flush loos and plenty of hot water. They are furnished simply with comfortable beds, safari chairs and Mkeka mats.

Safari Tent

Activities

Activities at Katavi Wildlife Camp include game drives and walks with experienced guides and trackers to see if you can discover the lurking animals. Dependent on the season, there is also the magical opportunity to experience sleeping-out in the African bush in a fly camp.

Location & Directions

Lake Tanganyika and western Tanzania, Tanzania

Katavi Wildlife Camp is located in a great game area of the park; at Ikuu on the banks of the Katuma river opening out on to the biggest plain - Katisunga which is the middle of the 3 main plains that form Katavi making both Lake Katavi and Lake Chada also accessible from this camp.

When to go

Katavi Wildlife Camp is seasonal and open from 1st June to 1st March each year.

The 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.

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 elephants eye, but there is still so much to see.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Foxes Katavi Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Lake Tanganyika and western Tanzania

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