Palahala Luxury Safari Camp is a seasonal camp that is located in the beautiful surroundings of Paradise Hill in Katavi National Park. The Camp opened in June 2006. Game walks, game drives with open vehicles in the bush, walking with experienced guides and gourmet meals, fine china, butler service, down duvets and romantic evenings around the fire are part of the experience. At Palahala you can expect everything you need for a fabulous safari!
Palahala Luxury Safari Camp is located in Katavi National Park, on the Kipapa River, in West-Tanzania in the Rukwa Region, and is 7° degrees south of the Equator.
The camp is accessible by air. They have the use of two airstrips; one is only a 10 minute drive from camp and used in the dry season. The second airstrip is about an hour away. Twice weekly scheduled charters depart Arusha on Mondays and Thursdays and arrive in time for lunch. Katavi is a 3 hour flight from Arusha and only a 25 minute flight away from Lupita Island. Private charters can also be arranged.
Palahala Luxury Safari Camp consists of eight large custom designed tents situated on wooden platforms with en-suite showers and flush toilets. The hand fed hot showers await your arrival each evening. Bedrooms are furnished with king-sized beds, goose down quilts and fine linens. Each tent boasts a spacious verandah with comfortable armchairs overlooking the African bush and the relaxing sounds of the hippos in the river below. Old fashioned hurricane lamps on the pathways light the way each evening.
Game drives in customized 4 x 4 vehicles with radios and fridges. Bush walks with experienced guides. Visit a local gold mine nearby. Sundowners in wonderful locations.
Time to Travel, climate clothing & accessories.
Katavi National Park has two wet seasons (short rains and long rains). The camp is closed from beginning of March until the beginning of June and from beginning of November until mid December due to heavy rains in the area at that time of year. The months in between are all a good time to visit. A light rain jacket is always useful on safari, as are shorts, pants and fleece for some cool evenings. Good walking shoes are also a must. Binoculars and a good camera should always be part of the packing list.
Health & Safety
Guests are advised to take a malaria prophylaxis, as this is a malarial zone. Yellow fever is a requirement on entering Tanzania. Your official card will be checked. Good insect repellent and sunscreen is a must. While every care is taken to make sure that the guests are cared for in every way, guests are reminded that they are in a wildlife area and they must be alert and careful while traveling between rooms nothing should be taken for granted. Sticking to the pathways is very important. Guests are advised to pay a little extra of $30 towards an emergency evacuation service while staying at Lupita. Forms will be sent beforehand requesting any medication being used by guests plus allergies to certain foods and likes or dislikes plus any health problems. They will try to follow these requirements as much possible.
Children of all ages are welcome. But a parent or guardian must always be on hand. Children up to the age of 3 years are free of charge. Children from 3 to 12 are @ 50% while sharing with an adult. Up to 2 children less than 12 years will be allowed to share with two adults. Children will not be allowed to walk around camp unaccompanied. This is a wildlife area and there are always animals about. Guests must always be aware of their surroundings.
There is no phone signal at Palahala. A satellite phone is available for emergency use. There is only one limited internet line that is for office use only unless there is an emergency. Palahala is in daily contact with the base in Arusha.
All power at Palahala comes from solar batteries which are charged each day by solar panels and a generator when there are too many clouds. The generator is never run while guests are in camp. This supplies power to all the fridges and freezers plus the lighting system. As the power is limited it is important to note that you cannot use hairdryers in camp. The camp runs on a 220 European system, so if you have 110 equipment it is advisable to bring converters with you.
All the water is trucked in bowsers so it is important for guests to know that they need to be very careful with the water supply. This will be relayed to guests on their welcome talk. Drinking water is supplied in bottles. It is not a good idea to drink the tap or shower water.
The rate paid prior to arrival includes accommodation, food, alcoholic – and non alcoholic beverages, house wines and spirits, plus several activities, including game drives, guides, walks and park fees. Not included are specified boutique wines and spirits, some cognacs, champagne, Cuban cigars and telephone calls. Additional payments can be made in cash, and by visa credit card.
Any special dates or anniversaries can be catered for. Any unusual food requirements or allergies must be relayed on the forms that you will have filled in prior to the trip. They will endeavor to fulfill any special request you might have to the best of their abilities.
As you will be using light aircraft to get to your destination the baggage allowance is limited to 15 to 20 kg per person including hand luggage. It is important that this is strictly followed otherwise the charter company has the right to offload baggage.
Exclusive Use and Package
Palahala Private Camp can be hired on an exclusive use basis.
Staff in camp x 10
Approx 1.5 staff to every guest