Overview of Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge

Panoramic views of the Katisunga Plains greet arriving guests at Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge, set at the heart of Tanzania’s third largest reserve: the Katavi National Park. Located in central Tanzania, Katavi is also one of the least visited reserves in the country – despite its reputation for wildlife – which means you can look forward to uninterrupted views and game sightings during your visit.

Mbali Mbali Katavi provides a comfortable and well-appointed base from which to head out on day and night game drives with expert guides. The general wildlife in Katavi is very good. Indeed, it is claimed that the park is the most bio-diverse in Africa and it certainly has a reputation for the heavyweight species – lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile – which gather in increasing numbers at water sources in the dry season (about May to October).

A small camp with only eight suites, Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge has a relaxed, subtle and informal atmosphere and would suit experienced safari travellers looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination that combines experience with comfort and convenience. The camp’s suites also include a four-sleeper unit – good news for adventurous families with older children – and modern touches include battery charging stations and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Remote and little-visited destination with unspoilt and uncrowded feel
  • Great game viewing – lions, elephants, buffalo and big herds of giraffe and antelope
  • Day and night game drives, bird watching and guided bush walks
  • Look for rarities like cheetah, wild dog and leopard
  • Spacious tented suites with private bathrooms

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Rooms at Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Safari Tent Twin

    Set on a wooden platform and with a thatched roof, the uncluttered and spacious rooms feature traditional carved Zanzibari beds and polished wooden floors with electric lighting provided via solar power. You have a sofa on the veranda to sink into and enjoy the view, as well as the comfort of a private en suite bathroom complete with shower, sink and flush toilet.

    Other room

    This family unit is made by an inter-connected double and twin room that share a large viewing deck where you can enjoy meals together

    General Facilities

    The main communal building at Mbali Mbali Katavi is raised off the ground and offers fine views from both its comfortable chairs and the large swimming pool. A choice of indoor and outdoor sitting and dining areas are available depending on the weather, and you will be able to recharge batteries in the main lodge and also enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity.

    There is a small reference library for you to use as well as a bar stocked with local and imported drinks; the complimentary laundry service is a nice touch.

    Laundry service



    Swimming pool


    Placing an emphasis on taste and wholesomeness rather than haute cuisine, the meals at Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge are served at individual tables at main camp. Breakfast may be taken with you as a packed box if you are heading out early on a game drive, or served at camp later.

    Lunch is another meal that you may take with you on a drive or sit down to at camp after an activity. Dinner is a grand three-course plated meal served by candlelight, although twice a week the camp serves a traditional under-the-stars barbeque. Special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and kosher can be catered for, as long as the camp is notified at the time of booking.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Maureen Stover

    Maureen Stover

    Africa Safari Expert

    This camp offers exceptional service & a great location - the Katsunga floodplain - that offers exceptional game viewing in close proximity to the camp.

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