Katavi & Mahale

Reached by air from Arusha and only visited by a lucky few, Katavi and Mahale both promise remarkable wildlife experiences. Far from the safari circuits of northern Tanzania, the wild and remote Katavi National Park assures an exclusive big game experience. Exotic Greystoke Mahale on a secluded beach by Lake Tanganyika, offers “barefoot luxury” and unique chimpanzee encounters.

Please note that this is not a group tour but a recommended sample itinerary that we can tailor to suit your requirements. Extra nights can easily be added throughout. Please contact us for further details.

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8 days/7 nights
Departs daily ex Arusha

Highlights:

  • Remote, rarely-visited Katavi National Park, brimming with big game
  • Wildlife action right on your doorstep at Chada Katavi safari camp
  • Chimpanzee tracking and forest walks on the shores of Lake Tanganyika
  • “Barefoot luxury” at unique, authentic Greystoke Mahale
  • Exclusive animal encounters in two amazing off-the-beaten-track destinations

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Katavi & Mahale

Sample Itinerary

8 days/7 nights

Days 1-3 or 1-4

Katavi
Fly from Arusha to Chada Katavi Camp, which occupies a corner of the Katavi National Park, in the far west of Tanzania. Set under a canopy of acacia and tamarind trees, this traditional safari camp offers 6 open-fronted tents on wooden platforms, while the main area has a dining tent and library. Wildlife and action are rarely far from this camp. Activities include guided bush walks and fly camping (extra cost) out under the stars.

Days 4-7 or 5-7

Mahale
Fly 45 minutes further west to Lake Tanganyika, for 3 nights at Greystoke Mahale, where you will enjoy chimpanzee tracking, forest walks, swimming, boating and kayaking.

Day 8

Tour ends
Today you will be transferred by air back to Arusha.

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Tanzania Overview

What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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