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Wild Tanzania

Katavi National Park & Mahale Mountains

From £8100 per person in low season
From £11100 per person in high season

based on 8 nights inc. flights & daily experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes from the UK

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Full Board and activities

Based on two people sharing.

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At a Glance

  • Go trekking in the Mahale Mountains to find the wild population of chimpanzees

  • Have a true wilderness experience and spend a night sleeping under the stars in the bush of Katavi National Park

  • Explore Katavi National Park in search of wildlife on 4x4 game drives or even on foot

  • Enjoy sundowners on a dhow sailing around Lake Tanganika

  • Explore the beautiful landscape of western Tanzania

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Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit. The wildebeest migration happens most of year in Tanzania's Serengeti, and is linked to the rainfall.

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Insider's View

From the long rains (May) until about mid September see huge herds of buffalo on the plains or Katavi National Park

Spend a night out under the stars fly camping from Chada Katavi

Find out about the fascinating social structure of the chimp group who live in the Mahale Mountains

Go fishing from the dhow on Lake Tanganyika and then watch the sun set across the Lake

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

A journey of discovery to the lesser visited far west of Tanzania. A world of great lakes, mighty rivers and lush forests. Visit Katavi National Park, a wildlife haven that isn’t on the typical tourism trail in an impressive unspoilt wilderness, and watch chimpanzees in the wild at the stunning Greystoke Mahale on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

  1. Days 1-1: Fly to Kilimanjaro

  2. Days 1-2: Arusha

    Fly into Kilimanjaro airport where you will be met by a lodge representative and taken to the classic Legendary Lodge for a one night stay. Here you can recharge and refresh amongst the lush green gardens, take a dip in the pool, and enjoy some fabulous food before your adventure to the west the following morning.

    Accommodation: Legendary Lodge (1 night)

  3. Days 2-5: Katavi National Park

    Fly onward to Katavi National Park, perhaps Tanzania’s most hidden gem. A classic dry-season reserve, Katavi is renowned for its huge (1000-strong) herds of buffalo during the dry season, spectacular numbers of hippopotamus and impressively sized crocodiles as well as an array of bird species including pelicans, storks and fish eagles, whose cry is synonymous with African water-wildernesses. Chada Katavi sits on the shores of the lake after which it is named and is a small intimate camp with just six tents in traditional safari style. Enjoy twice daily game drives in search of the abundance of wildlife this lesser visited park has on offer.

    Accommodation: Chada Katavi (3 nights)

  4. Days 5-9: Mahale Mountains

    After your safari you will fly onto the Mahale Mountains National Park. Greystoke Mahale is a uniquely designed lodge set on the shore of Lake Tanganyika with the forest-clad Mahale Mountains rising behind it. Apart from beautiful natural surroundings and the tranquil atmosphere of the vast and pristine lake, the highlight of Mahale is its chimps. You will almost certainly hear them before you see them and an encounter with man’s closest relative is one of the most wonderful experiences you could ever wish for.

    Accommodation: Greystoke Mahale (4 nights)

  5. Fly from Kilimanjaro

Experiences

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Mahale

    Hiking through the verdant forest in the Mahale mountains in search of chimpanzees is a heart-racing experience. Watch as these primate cousins stop to groom, eat and build nests in their natural habitat, accompanied by an expert guide.

  • Fly camping in Katavi

    Head out into the wilds of Katavi on foot with your guide for the afternoon and spend the night sleeping out under the stars - the ultimate safari adventure.

  • Kayaking on Lake Tanganyika

    Paddle along the sand-lined shore of Lake Tanganyika, Africa's deepest body of water, enjoying the tranquillity and dramatic scenery around you.

Location

Katavi National Park & Mahale Mountains

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday.

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