Cosmetic Superfruits from Africa

Potent “cosmetic superfruits” from hot, arid Africa make Katavi products a truly extraordinary skin care range. These astounding, hardy and rich plants withstand onslaughts from the harshest climates across dry, arid, sun-beaten Africa.

To survive, they developed natural photo-protective abilities, unique compounds, potent phyto-chemicals and antioxidants. These powerful extracts make these plants highly adept at preserving vital nutrients to stay hydrated.

Our proprietary formulas perfectly combine these extraordinary extracts to help hydrate, rejuvenate and refresh our skin.

Our Signature Ingredient – Kigelia

A true “cosmetic superfruit”

The Kigelia Africana tree is found throughout the dry-land regions of Africa.

Its distinctive, sausage-shaped fruit has an extensive history of traditional use for a healthy-looking skin.

Well known as one of Africa’s cosmetic “superfruits,” it has been shown to promote the appearance of enhanced density and elasticity and smooth the look of wrinkles.

Kigelia fruit extract helps skin appear smooth, luminous and radiant.

Early European explorers in Africa documented many of its miraculous properties, especially those associated with the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.

Our co-founder’s father was fascinated with stories he heard about this strange-looking fruit. He researched how indigenous tribes used Kigelia and other local plants for health and beauty—and he experimented with it for skin care. He and Janine were blown away with the results.

Since then, over half a century of scientific research into Kigelia has shown that this extraordinary extract contains potent, unique compounds.

The phytosterols, flavonoids, and caffeic acid in Kigelia have significant antioxidant effects that help reduce oxidative stress by scavenging free radicals.

As with many natural extracts, the synergies between the individual compounds within Kigelia magnify each other’s performance—strengthening and reinforcing their actions—to make Kigelia a genuine “cosmetic superfruit”.

Kigelia is the signature ingredient for our Katavi skin care products.
This is a key source of the Katavi glow.


Baobab Oil: rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids.
Baobab has ORAC values seven times higher than pomegranates and cranberries.

  • soothes tired skin and visibly improved elasticity
  • skin appears firmer, with a more even-looking skin tone


Marula Oil: one of the most stable natural oils known to science.
High oleic acid content (up to 80%) makes it easily absorbed by skin.

  • rapidly hydrates the skin
  • skin appears firmer and smoother looking


Mongongo Oil: this nut oil is highly prized for its skin care influence.
Its single largest ingredient (up to 54%) is linoleic acid making it deeply hydrating.

  • helps maintain skin’s natural moisture balance
  • skin looks firmer


Moringa Oil: with 46 different antioxidant compounds, Moringa is one of the most nutrient-rich natural oils in the world.

  • long-lasting softening, moisturizing, and soothing influence
  • for healthy-looking, glowing skin


I have just recently had a cyst cut out on my face and once again Katavi to the rescue within 10 days the appearance of the scar was minimal. Sun spots which have a way of just appearing  in Africa fade beautifully with Katavi Night cream.



Our founding philosophy was: “Nature always had the answer; we just had to find it.

We turned to plants…


Obviously plants thriving in fierce, sunny, dry climates must have discovered the secret to surviving the elements.

We focused on hot, arid Africa…

Cosmetic Superfruits

Katavi scientists identified extracts that help African plants retain moisture and stay hydrated.

We selected extracts with extraordinary antioxidant affects…

Perfect Mix

Over 25 years Katavi scientists perfected what ingredients we would combine and in what ratio.

We created formulas where each ingredient challenges the other to perform at its peak.

See amazing results!


I have been using your products every day and I am very surprised at how little product is needed on my face,  I am sure each tube will last for at least 2 to 3 more months. 

You know how your skin sometimes feels dry again 10 minutes after applying a cream? Not with Katavi –  I find that when I wash my face in the morning, I can still feel the product on my skin (and even smell it) which is awesome considering I rubbed my face against a pillow all night long.  This really is a fantastic moisturising product!

I can definitely see a difference in the fine lines around my eyes.  I am 43 and definitely have to apply eye cream every day.  I have been using a well known eye cream for many years….so expensive and I definitely don’t think it gives the same results as your eye cream.  I will definitely buy this from you again.