Explore Katavi and  Mahale National Park! This tour takes you to the exclusive western safari circuit for game drives. Walk while tracking the chimps where a few number of tourists travel to. You’ll spend 3 nights in Katavi and 4 nights in Mahale.

The parks are hosts to small and large mammals including the RARE CHIMPANZEES which is not found in any other wildlife reserve in Tanzania. It is also home to a variety of birds species and reptiles. Accommodation will be in a Luxury Tented Camp with a bush shower or budget TANAPA Bandas booked on full board arrangements.

 

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Arusha
DEPARTURE TIME Early Morning
INCLUDED
Flying Doctors Emergence
Arrival and departure Airport Transfers
All entrance fees.
Full board accommodation on tour
Service of an English speaking driver guide
Transport based on an excellent 4by4 Vehicle rebuilt for safari for game viewing
Driver’s Salary and allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
Mileage is built in the price
Game drives as per the Itinerary
Complementary bottle of water daily
Complementary of printed Safari hat
Government taxes

 

NOT INCLUDED
Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry, Internet etc.
International flights
Departure tax
Tips to drivers (highly recommended)
Visa, Travel Insurance

 

 

Additional information

Days8 Days
DestinationTanzania
1

Day 1: Shared Charter from Arusha to Katavi


You’ll be transferred directly to the camp in Katavi. Enjoy your lunch and then proceed for a short Game Drive in the park. Dinner and overnight will be at Katuma Katavi Tented Camp.

Wildlife features include large animal herds, particularly of Cape Buffaloes, zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, and elephants, plus along the Katuma river, crocodiles and hippopotami which upon annual dry seasons results in mudholes that can be packed with hundreds of hippos.

  • Main destination: Katavi Park
  • Accommodation: Katuma Katavi Tented Camp
  • Meals & drinks: Lunch and Dinner. Meals include drinking water (Other drinks not included)
2

Day 2-3: Katavi National Park


After breakfast at the camp, enjoy a Full-Day Game Drive in the park. Meals and Overnight at Katuma Katavi Tented Camp.

Carnivorous animals that roam this park are cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, leopards, and lions. Some sources claim a very high biodiversity in the park, although there are also reports of wildlife decline due to illegal hunting and poaching, presumably ‘bushmeat’ sustenance. Katavi has fewer human visitors and jeeps conducting game drives than other Tanzania parks.

  • Main destination: Katavi National Park
  • Accommodation: Katuma Katavi Tented Camp
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  Meals include drinking water (Other drinks not included)
3

Day 4: Mahale NationalPark


After breakfast, transfer to the Airstrip with your packed lunch box and then take the shared charter to Mahale National Park. Upon arrival, you’ll be picked up and transferred to the camp by boat.

In the afternoon, we’ll have a short Chimpanzee Tracking in the forest and in the evening, dinner and bonfire at the camp. Overnight at Nkungwe Luxury Tented Camp.

The mammalian fauna of Mahale can be loosely classified into three types on the basis of their habitat preferences. The existence of all three types in a single area is unusual and is one of Mahale’s defining characteristics, resulting from the complex mosaic of eco-zones found in the park.

  • Main destination: Mahale National Park
  • Accommodation: Nkungwe Luxury Tented Camp
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  Meals include drinking water (Other drinks not included)
4

Day 5: Mahale National Park


Enjoy breakfast at the camp and a day of Chimpanzee Tracking in the forest. Have your Hot Lunch at the camp in the afternoon. We’ll also do a Boat Safari for Bird Watching and Game Viewing. Dinner and bonfire at the camp. Overnight at Nkungwe Luxury Tented camp.

A total of 82 species of mammals have now been recorded in Mahale Mountains National Park, which is about 70–80% of the projected total. Of the large mammals, only a handful remain to be found. The latter include greater kudu, southern or mountain reedbuck, and Harvey’s duiker. Some smaller mammals that have not yet been recorded but that almost certainly occur in Mahale include the marsh mongoose, Atilax paludinosus and Smith’s red rock hare, Pronolagus rupestris. By far the greatest number of unrecorded mammals will be bats, rodents and insectivores. Accumulation of new mammal records for the park will probably level out at around 115–120 species.

  • Main destination: Mahale National Park
  • Accommodation: Nkungwe Luxury Tented camp
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Meals include drinking water (Other drinks not included)
5

Day 6: Mahale National Park


Breakfast at the camp and then proceed to Chimpanzee Tracking in the forest. Hot Lunch at the camp and then fishing on the Lake.

Dinner and bonfire at the camp. Overnight at Nkungwe Luxury Tented Camp.

The distribution of chimpanzees extends from western Africa (Senegal) to central and eastern Africa (Congo, Uganda, Tanzania). West Tanzania represents the most easterly extent of this distribution and it is home to the ‘eastern’ or ‘bald-headed’ subspecies, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii. The other two sub-species are Pan troglodytes verus and Pan troglodytes.

  • Main destination: Mahale National Park
  • Accommodation: Nkungwe Luxury Tented Camp
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Meals include drinking water (Other drinks not included)
6

Day 7: Mahale National Park


After breakfast at the camp, proceed to a full day of Chimpanzee Tracking in the forest. Hot Lunch at the camp.

In the afternoon, you can do Snorkeling. Dinner and bonfire at the Camp. Overnight at Nkungwe Luxury Tented Camp.

Mahale’s lowland forest is found on the western slopes of the Mahale Mountains and along the lakeshore, stretching for 7 km from the Myako Valley to the Lubulungu River. The altitude of this forest ranges from 780 m a.s.l. (lake level) to 1 300 ma.s.l. on the mountain slopes. It covers not only the valleys but also parts of the ridge. The presence of this forest is due to a suitable local microclimate, which includes higher rainfall than in other parts of the park, and high levels of humidity throughout the year. Such climatic conditions are the result of a humid mass of air over the lake colliding with a cold mass of moving air blowing down from the Mahale Mountains from as high as 2 400 ma.s.l.

  • Main destination: Mahale National Park
  • Accommodation: Nkungwe Luxury Tented Camp
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Meals include drinking water (Other drinks not included)
7

Day 8: Mahale National Park - Arusha - Departure


Leisure breakfast at the camp and then relax on the beach. Transfer to the Airstrip by boat to catch your shared charter to Arusha. Upon arrival, meet our guide who will you to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.
  • Main destination: Arusha
  • Accommodation: No Accommodation
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast. Meals include drinking water (Other drinks not included)
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End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

8 Day Treasures of Tanzania Katavi and Mahale

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