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8-Day Katavi and Mahale Safari, Tanzania- 7 Nights for 6

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Availability : Jan - Dec
Arusha
Arusha
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 200
Tour Details

 

The combination of Katavi and Mahale in south western Tanzania rates consistently as one of Africa’s top 10 safaris. You’ll find extreme wilderness and wildlife in Katavi coupled with rare forest encounters on the edge of Lake Tanganyika. Very remote, available dry season only (June to November). Access restricted to Monday and Thursday departures from Arusha only. Not suitable for budget travellers, ideal for seasoned safari-goers and wildlife enthusiasts, advance booking essential.

Tour Summary

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Arusha to Chada Katavi Camp

You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport for a road transfer to the Rivertrees Country Inn in Arusha. Your base for one night on half board basis.

Once an old coffee estate, Rivertrees is now a charming country inn nestled in abundant foliage with the Usa River flowing by. Set in the foothills of Mt Meru, conveniently close to Kilimanjaro International Airport and a short drive to Arusha, its location proffers a wealth of natural wonders to explore.

Comprising the original Farm House, an elegant River House, luxurious River Cottages and several beautifully appointed Garden Rooms, it also serves delicious garden-fresh cuisine in its stunningly set restaurant. The swimming pool and spa are tailored for relaxation, and friendly personalised service ensures a memorable stay, whether for a one-night stopover or much longer.

7 nights for 6 valid through 2019 on bookings made by 31 Oct 2019.

Main Destination: Arusha

Accommodation: Chada Katavi Camp

  • Luxury+ lodge located in or near the park

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Except for spirits/liquor)

 

Day 2-4 Chada Katavi, Katavi National Park

Your driver guide will meet you at Arusha Airport in time for a scheduled flight to Katavi Airstrip. This flight only flies on a Monday and Thursday. On arrival at the airstrip you will be met and enjoy a game drive transfer to Chada Katavi Camp. This is one of Africa’s top wildlife destinations, it’s dramatic and adventurous. Look out for hippos and crocodiles in the rivers and more mammals than any other reserve in Tanzania.

Chada Katavi is a stylish, simple bush camp, small and intimate with just six African safari tents – spacious and comfortable with wide-open fronts for panoramic views of the plain and animal life. You’ll see game of all kinds from your veranda. Elephant are frequent visitors; they’re attracted to the shady fruit trees as the guests.

Katavi is known for unbelievable game with vast herds of buffalo also elephant, lion, leopard, crocodiles and hippo. Enjoy game drives in open 4WD vehicles, fly camping under the stars, outstanding birding and walking safaris.

Main Destination: Katavi National Park

Accommodation: Chada Katavi Camp

  • Luxury+ tented camp located inside the park

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

 

Day 5-7 Game drive and air transfer to Mahale Mountain National Park

A day of game drives and walks with your professional guide, and to reflect on the explorations in this remote and uninhabited area of Africa.

Bid farewell to Katavi as you take a game drive transfer to Katavi Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Mahale. This flight is only on a Monday and Thursday.

You’ll be met on arrival at Mahale Airstrip and transferred to a large motorised dhow boat for an amazing 45 minute boat transfer on the gin clear waters of Lake Tanganyika to Greystoke Mahale Camp.

Accommodation is in one of the stylish, rustic, bandas, with views across the sandy beach and out to Lake Tanganyika… a real barefoot paradise! Time to kcick off your shoes and enjoy the activities at Grey stoke: chimp trekking forest walk village visit boat trips and deep water swimming in some of the cleanest waters in the world!

Main Destination: Mahale Mountains National Park

Accommodation: Greystoke Mahale

  • Luxury lodge (with rustic facilities) located inside Mahale Mountains NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

 

Day 8 Leave Grey stoke for your flight back to Arusha

Transfer by Dhow boat to the airstrip in time to connect to your scheduled flight to Arusha. This flight only takes place on a Monday or Thursday. On arrival in Arusha, you’ll be dropped at the airport to connect to your next destination.

Please note: Flights between Northern Tanzania and Western Tanzania are on Mondays and Thursdays only, with a departure from Arusha around 0800, routing via Serengeti to Katavi, then Mahale, returning to Arusha around 1800. There’s normally a stop en route both ways, at Tabora in central Tanzania, to refuel and stretch the legs.

We can easily organize pick-ups and/or drop-offs in the Serengeti pre or post a safari in the West, or alternatively can arrange onward flights to Ruaha, Selous and Zanzibar & other islands.

Children 8+ at Greystoke Mahale, children 12+ at Chada Katavi. Chimp trekking at Greystoke Mahale to children of 12+ this purely for sensible safety reasons.

Main Destination: Arusha Airport

Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

 

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