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

Why travel to Tanzania? Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

When is the best time to view animals in Tanzania? The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

What is the culture of Tanzania?With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

What is the climate in Tanzania? Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – 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.

What can I combine with Tanzania? Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

How to get to Tanzania? You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

Do I need a Visa for Tanzania? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

Do I need vaccinations for Tanzania? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page