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In the center of Katavi National Park lies Katuma Bush Lodge, offering an exciting bush experience with breathtaking views over the vast plains of Katisunga.

Mbali Mbali has untapped this national secret and created a highly exclusive experience at the heart of the park. Katuma Bush Lodge is ideal for the traveler looking for a truly remote experience away from regular tourist routes. In this park, you will find animals curious and unfamiliar to human contact. The flotillas of pelican are a special sight. 

Game drives are offered twice a day with an optional night game drive.
 

Location

GPS: 6°53'12.74"S ; 31°10'18.62"E,                                                                                Mbali Mbali Lodges and Camps,                                                                              Katavi National Park, Tanzania

 

All accommodations include:

  • Spectacular views of the Katisunga Flood Plains
  • Gilchrist & Soames bathroom amenities
  • Writing Desk with chair
  • Luggage Rack
  • 24-Hour Inverter Electricity
  • Solar Powered Hot Water Geyser
  • Power points for charging of electrical equipment (220V)
  • Laundry services included
  • Turn down service

Accommodations

All eleven rooms were constructed for exclusivity, with complete furnishings including writing desks, fine linen, and en suite facilities. Designed specifically for subtlety, the lodge is well frequented by wildlife that makes for spectacular viewing. The main deck houses a swimming pool, lounge and dining facilities to complement the breathtaking views of the Katisunga Plains. The newly built Sable Suite offers an even more exclusive experience for clients looking for that extra attention and service.

Suites

The newest addition to Katuma Bush Lodge is the spectacular Sable Suite. This exclusive private Suite boasts a Lounge/Sitting area, indoor dining area, main en-suite bedroom with private lounge and dressing room plus a 2nd en-suite bedroom. Remarkable views of the Katisunga floodplains are provided from a vast deck, which also comprises an outdoor bath, day bed and sun loungers. A separate dining area on the deck facilitates private meals under the stars. 

No effort has been spared in creating the perfect setting for your relaxation and enjoyment. The Suite décor has accents of authentic furniture from Zanzibar, and every comfort has been anticipated, including a fully stocked refrigerator, air-conditioning, mosquito screens on all windows and doors, satellite TV and a private butler service.

Additional details:

  • Private deck with day bed, sun loungers and dining table
  • Day Bed
  • Sun Loungers
  • Outside Spa tub
  • Indoor and Outdoor Dining areas
  • 2 lounge/sitting areas
  • Buffet/Breakfast Bar
  • 2 bedrooms with King size beds fitted with mosquito nets
  • 2 Large en suite bathrooms with indoors toilets and showers
  • Dressing Room
  • Bath Robes
  • Private game drives
  • Private dining
  • Butler Service
  • Air conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Wi-Fi (dependent on satellite reception)
Safari Room

Katuma provides a total of eleven comfortable and spacious, en-suite tented Safari Rooms that have been strategically placed on the perimeter of the Katisunga Flood Plains. All tents are under thatch on raised platforms and have a large private deck, comfortable chairs and coffee table.

Each Safari Double Room contains a single King-sized bed suitable either for a couple sharing or a single guest, while the Twin rooms have been configured with two Twin beds. All Safari Rooms contain the very best elements to ensure a relaxing and comfortable stay, and are equipped with mosquito nets, luxury bed linens and full bathroom amenities including an indoor rain shower. 

All suites are within easy walking distance along demarcated walk and pathways to the main lounge and dining areas. Our Maasai Askari guides are on hand to escort guests after-hours.

Additional details:

  • Private balcony with chair and coffee table
  • Ensuite bathroom with indoor shower and toilet
  • Four poster bed with mosquito nets

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Activities

Game viewing is exceptionally rewarding at Katavi due to the sheer abundance of wildlife. Game drives tend to begin at dawn and again late in the afternoon.

Game drives in our 4 X 4 vehicles centre around the woodland areas along the seasonal lakes, where most of the game can be found, including the big cats. 

Add in an optional night game drive to discover our nocturnal species. 

  • Game Viewing
  • Bird Watching
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fireplace
  • Night Game Drive

The Lodge

In the center of Katavi National Park lies Katuma Bush Lodge, offering an exciting bush experience with breathtaking views over the vast plains of Katisunga.

The name “Katavi” immortalizes the legendary hunter Katabi, whose spirit is believed to occupy a local tamarind tree now covered in offerings from villagers. Home to the Tanzania’s largest crocodile and hippo populations, Katavi National Park is the third largest yet least visited park in Tanzania.

Mbali Mbali has untapped this national secret and created a highly exclusive experience at the heart of the park. Katuma Bush Lodge is ideal for the traveler looking for a truly remote experience away from regular tourist routes. All eleven rooms were constructed for exclusivity, with complete furnishings including writing desks, fine linen, and en suite facilities. Designed specifically for subtlety, the lodge is well frequented by wildlife that makes for spectacular viewing. The main deck houses a swimming pool, lounge and dining facilities to complement the breathtaking views of the Katisunga Plains.

The Sable Suite is our newest addition to the Mbali Mbali Lodges and Camps properties. This completely self-contained facility offers a private safari experience. 

In this park, you will find animals curious and unfamiliar to human contact. The flotillas of pelican are a special sight. Game drives are offered twice a day with an optional night game drive.


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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.

Katavi’s most singular wildlife spectacle is provided by its hippos - towards the end of the dry season, up to 200 individuals might flop together in any riverine pool of sufficient depth. And as more hippos gather in one place, male rivalry heats up – bloody territorial fights are an everyday occurrence, with the vanquished male forced to lurk hapless on the open plains until it gathers sufficient confidence to mount another challenge.