A Week in Western Tanzania

Katavi - Mahale, Tanzania
  • Code: WWT-NMD-7N


    Chada Katavi & Greystoke Mahale

    Katavi - Mahale

    The most unique week you can imagine

    East Africa's new frontier, two of the most remote parks in Tanzania. 4 nights of Katavi's humbling space, intense big game and authentic tented simplicity followed by 3 nights in the iconic tropical lakeside retreat of Greystoke Mahale, surrounded by forest and chimps. A truly unforgettable safari experience.

    What to expect:

    In Katavi expect to see huge concentrations of buffalo, hippo & crocodile, as well as elephant, lion, leopard and a wide variety of Plains game & birdlife. Small authentic tented camp located in excellent game country, with a chance to also fly camp and walk.

    In Mahale, as well as days spent chimping, expect to see other forest game, warthog, baboon (even down on the beach) and possibly even leopard as well as great flowers, trees and exceptional birdlife. Enjoy some kayaking, fishing and even swimming and snorkelling to view the phenomenal variety of cichlids, many endemic to Lake Tanganyika - one vast tropical fish aquarium.

    Expect to see very very few other tourists

    Best time: June to end of February

    Day 1: Chada Katavi

    Early morning departure from Arusha via the Serengeti and Tabora to refuel.

    Arrive into Katavi in time for a late lunch and a siesta. Take a short afternoon walk with your safari guide and armed scout and see more of the area around the camp, getting back in time for sundowners around the fire and supper in the mess tent.

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    Day 2: Chada Katavi

    Morning game drive and head further into the wilds of Katavi.

    Katavi is renowned for its game, huge herds of buffalo and elephants are often on the plains in front of camp and the animal interaction can be intense.

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    Day 3: Katavi Fly Camp

    Another early start to beat the heat; explore further afield and take a picnic lunch with you stopping at your fly camp where you'll spend the night.

    After lunch we'd suggest a short walk around this new area, back in camp in time for sundowners followed by dinner.

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    Day 4: Chada Katavi

    Wake in your fly camp and enjoy a cook-out breakfast.

    The choice is yours if you'd like to do a short walk, then a game drive back to camp or hop in the vehicle and drive back to camp the long way. You may choose to have a siesta after lunch, then a gentle stroll and bird walk around the camp and environs before drinks around the fire and supper.

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    Day 5: Greystoke Mahale

    Mid-morning departure from Chada Katavi for your one-hour flight to Mahale airstrip, followed by a 90 minute trip down the lake in the dhow to Greystoke Mahale with lunch on board.

    After arrival, settle into Greystoke, meeting the staff who will also tell you about the chimping activities and all else on offer here. Afternoon at leisure to swim, take a dhow cruise down the lake, a spot of fishing, a short forest hike, or just relax on the beach or in the mess.

    Meet at the bar for sundowner drinks before dinner in the mess.

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    Day 6: Greystoke Mahale

    After breakfast in the mess, the scouts and trackers will tell you the whereabouts of the chimps. Head off in two groups of six, walking up the narrow mountain trails to find them.

    On reaching the chimps, spend an hour with them whilst they do their own thing, eating, foraging, playing, squabbling...

    After a well-earned lunch in the mess, head off snorkelling or for a swim further out in the lake.

    At sunset enjoy a beach supper under the stars as the sun sets over the lake.

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    Day 7: Greystoke Mahale

    Start the day with more chimp trekking after breakfast; take snacks along with you, sometimes you have to walk quite far.

    If you've walked far the boat might meet you and take you back to camp, stopping near the waterfalls for a swim in the ice-cold rock pools.

    Once back at camp, catch up on the day's stories around the bar, before dinner in the main mess.

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    Day 8: Depart

    Head out early morning in one of our kayaks and have your first cup of coffee out in the middle of the lake.

    Or enjoy a relaxed morning in camp before boarding the dhow and heading back up to the airstrip before boarding the plane back to Arusha and your onwards travels.

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    Please contact us for more information quoting

    code: WWT-NMD-7N

    Prices: From $5461 Per Person (excluding internal flights)

    Children under the age of 12 by law will not be able to participate in chimping activities.

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