Location: Chada Katavi is situated in the heart of the Katavi National Park, in western Tanzania, about 12km from the airstrip, 55km from the main Sitalike park gate and 90km to nearest town of Mpanda.
Accommodation: Chada Katavi consists of just six walk-in guest tents, hidden in the trees flanking the Chada flood plain, furnished with fine wooden furniture, woven rugs and beds spread with crisp white Egyptian cottons. The tents are large, romantic and airy, with private bathrooms bush-deluxe set at the rear of each tent.
Facilities & services: Come dinner time, the mess is nothing short of splendid, silverware gleaming and glasses shining in the lamplight. Activities include game drives, walking safari with an armed guide, fly camping well away from camp, and birding. The camp is closed during the rainy season.
Tarangire River Camp
Location: Set within 25000 hectares of concession area bordering Tarangire national park on its north western limit, Tarangire river camp is located outside the park less than 4km from the Tarangire national park main gate, and about 2hours drive from Arusha town.
Accommodation: Tarangire River camp has 20 luxury safari tents built on raised wooden decks, all with bathrooms en suite (shower), power & hot water, comfortable beds with mosquito netting.
Facilities & services: Other facilities include a restaurant & bar, laundry, curio/gift shop, guided game walks, credit cards are NOT accepted, the camp is closed in April.
Grey Stoke Mahale
Location: Greystoke Mahale is located on wide, golden beach along the eastern shores of lake Tanganyika, sheltered by the dense forests of the Mahale mountains rising behind the lodge, about 15km from the airstrip by boat and about 30minutes by small aircraft to Kigoma.
Accommodation: Accommodation at Greystoke Mahale is in 6 wooden Banda’s under shady grass thatch, with extra ordinary and luxurious interiors fashioned from seasoned dhow timber. The suites are open-fronted, with dressing rooms, adjoining bathrooms and upstairs chill-out decks, electric solar lighting, and large beds with crisp sheets and mosquito netting.
Facilities & services: The lodge has a dining area with bar and library, and second bar area on headland overlooking the lake. With no roads for miles and miles, everything is done by foot or boat; activities include hiking & trekking in the forested slopes of Mahale mountains home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees, kayaking along the lake shore, snorkeling, fishing, swimming in the clear waters of the lake, sun downers on the dhow, and private barefoot dinners on the beach.
Sand Rivers Selous
Location: Sand rivers is located in the northern part of the Selous game reserve, set on a wide curve of the great Rufiji river.
Accommodation: Sand rivers boasts eight bush deluxe en suite rooms with big sofas and plunge pools, each one an open-air cottage of timber and thatch, wide and sun-drenched at the front looking way out over the river, soft and shadowy at the rear for essential heat retreat.
For those looking for more privacy the rhino house, perched away on a hillside, provides the ultimate cover- a hideaway home for two offering total bush bliss, day and night, with dining a deux, plunge pool and many other amenities. And then there is the Kiba point also under sand rivers, a fabulous base for your private Selous safari. This small 8-bed camp (4 rooms) is booked on a totally exclusive basis only; you won’t meet another soul beyond the family or friends you’ve brought with you, and your private lodge staff.
It’s the perfect safari house-party, your home away from home, with your own safari guide, four wheel drive vehicles, and boats at your disposal, so you can disappear at will on game drives, expeditions up the river, or barefoot fishing off a rock. Each cottage bedroom has giant views , wide verandahs, spreading beds, plunge pool and indoor and outdoor shower. The thatched and timber mess area is a broad sweep of sofas, library, dining room and bar that looks out over an infinity pool, into the selous wilderness.
Facilities & services: Sand rivers is small but beautifully formed, with an imposing mess, swimming pool overlooking the river, excellent cooking and careful, ‘’at your-whim’’ service. Other facilities include boating safaris on the Rufiji river, game drives, walking safaris accompanied by a ranger, a night sleeping out under the stars, or fishing in solitude, barefoot on a river rock. The camp is closed during the rainy season.