Tanzania Western Circuit: Katavi & Mahale | 8 Days

Natural Luxury

Itinerary

Destination: Katavi National Park
Accommodations: Katavi Wildlife Camp
Activities: Game drive

Arrive to Katavi Airstrip in the morning from Arusha. Your expert naturalist guide will pick you up in a Land Cruiser and drive you to Katavi Wildlife camp, with a little game viewing on the way. Set on the edge of the Katisunga plain, nestled in the fringe of woodland that skirts the seasonal lake, Katavi Wildlife Camp blends seamlessly into its environment, enjoying one of the best views in the park. From your vantage point either on your tent’s veranda or from the upper viewing lounge you can join the predators watching the plains herbivores during the day. In the evening, anticipate the excitement of the predators hunting their dinner as the game move back to the trees as night falls. After the staff of this small, intimate camp welcome you and you have a chance to settle in, venture to the two-story banda which houses the dining area for a hot lunch. Afterwards, head out into the park for a game drive and return in time for evening sundowners around the fire pit and a delicious family-style dinner. Enjoy a good night’s sleep as you are lulled by the sound of nature in your en-suite Meru-style tent

Destination: Katavi National Park
Accommodations: Katavi Wildlife Camp
Activities: Game drive

Wake to an alarm clock of animal noises and step out onto your veranda for a sunrise stretch. Who knows what beasts may be within sight! After a hot breakfast in the main banda, depart the lodge for your morning game drive. With an area of 4471 km², Katavi National Park is Tanzania’s third largest park and one of its most unspoiled wilderness areas. It is well known for high habitat and species diversity with high concentrations of large mammals. Katavi also serves as a refuge for endangered species such as wild dog and cheetahs. Return to camp for lunch and spend a couple hours relaxing, perhaps reading in the hammock on your veranda, before heading out for an early evening game drive. Return for an evening sundowner, dinner, and overnight at camp.

Destination: Katavi National Park
Accommodations: Katavi Wildlife Camp
Activities: Game drive; Night game drive

After breakfast, depart camp for a full day game drive deep into the heart of Katavi National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. Return to camp in the late afternoon. Perhaps freshen up with a shower and gather round the fire for one last evening sundowner in Katavi, followed by another fine family-style dinner. After dinner head out for a night game drive where you are likely to see the predators behaving differently than you have during the day. Return to camp and settle in for a good night’s sleep.

Destination: Mahale Mountains National Park
Accommodations: Mbali Mbali Mahale
Activities: Game drive; Dhow ride; Chimp trekking or forest walk

After breakfast, depart camp and drive to the Katavi Airstrip with game viewing along the way. Board your charter flight from Katavi to Mahale Airstrip. An Adumu Safaris representative will pick you up bring you to the dhow (traditional boat) which will take you on a 1.5 hour ride to Mbali Mbali Mahale, a collection of nine beach tents set deep in the heart of the African interior on a stretch of secluded golden beach, a perfect blend of comfort and luxury in a romantic setting. The lodge staff extend their warm welcome, and after you settle into your stunning beach tent, enjoy a lunch featuring the local flavors of this region on the beach. In the late afternoon, depart on a chimpanzee trek or forest walk (depending on time), led by your expert guide. Enjoy evening sundowners followed by a lovely dinner on the beach. Sleep well under canvas to the soft sound of lapping waves.

Destination: Mahale Mountains National Park
Accommodations: Mbali Mbali Mahale
Activities: Chimp trekking; Kayaking

After breakfast, depart for morning chimpanzee trekking. Mahale Mountains National Park is located in the western part of Tanzania, bordering Lake Tanganyika. The forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains rise behind the park, home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees, with approximately 800 individuals inhabiting the area. Mahale is one of two protected areas for chimpanzees in Tanzania, the other being Gombe Stream. Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience. The forest also boasts amazing troops of red colobus, red-tailed, and blue monkeys and is home to an endemic race of Angola colobus monkey. For ornithologist, this is the perfect place to see a kaleidoscopic array of colorful forest birds. Return to the lodge for hot lunch. Relax, read a book, or perhaps catch up on a little journaling. The lodge staff can then lead you to the beach for an early evening kayak on Lake Tanganyika. Return back for evening sundowners, dinner, and another restful slumber to the sounds of birds and waves.

Destination: Mahale Mountains National Park; Lake Tanganyika
Accommodations: Mbali Mbali Mahale
Activities: Chimp trekking; Boat safari

After breakfast, depart for morning chimpanzee trekking. Return to the lodge for a hot lunch. After lunch, your guide will take you on a boat safari. Mahale Mountains National Park includes 100 square kilometers of marine reserve which stretches the length of the Park. Here you will see the hippos in the lake, whose population has been recovered through conservation efforts. You will then take a short river cruise and try the local methods of freshwater fishing. Afterwards, return to camp for evening sundowners, a lovely beach dinner, and overnight at the lodge.

Destination: Mahale Mountains National Park; Katumbi Village
Accommodations: Mbali Mbali Mahale
Activities: Chimp trekking; Boat safari; Cultural excursion to Katumbi Village

After breakfast, depart for morning chimpanzee trekking. Return to the lodge for a hot lunch. Visit a neighbouring fishing village, Katumbi, home of a community of mainly Tongwe people, for a Cultural Tour. Take a dip in the turquoise lake before returning for one more evening of sundowners and dinner on the beach, and one more lovely sleep in your beach tent.

Destination: International departure from Arusha or transfer to next destination
Accommodations: Optional day room or overnight at Rivertrees Country Inn, depending on the time of your international flight, if application

After an early breakfast, board your charter flight for Arusha to connect to your international flight home, or connect to the next leg of your holiday in Tanzania Northern Circuit, Tanzania Southern Circuit, Zanzibar and the Coastal Islands, Kenya, or Uganda (see our complimentary itineraries).

Safari Includes:

  • Pick up/drop off at Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport before and after the trip and/or transfer to the next leg of your holiday
  • Charter flights and transport to and from Katavi and Mahale
  • Park entrance fees into the game parks/reserves
  • Daily Conservation, Concession, and Guide fees for park entrance
  • Government Taxation
  • Professional naturalist guide
  • Transport and wildlife viewing in 4×4 Land cruiser with open roof hatches and unlimited mileage
  • All game drives, chimp treks, and activities
  • All cultural excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Full board accommodations and additional meals, per itinerary
  • All-inclusive alcoholic beverages and sodas at the lodges/camps
  • Plentiful drinking water (mineral water)
  • Flying Doctor services in Tanzania
  • Service charges
  • Generous Giving Fund

Safari Excludes:

  • International airfare & flights
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Personal health insurance
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended and offered upon making your deposit)
  • All items of personal nature
  • Gratuities to safari guides and lodge/camp staff

Please note: Adumu Safaris makes every effort to customize your safari itinerary in order to cover areas where wildlife habitats are known to be plentiful during the season and precise time of year that you are traveling. However, since wild animals move freely in their environment, we cannot absolutely guarantee sightings of every species. We also use our best effort to provide the lodging set out in this itinerary, but occasionally there are circumstances that occur which require lodging substitutions. We reserve the right to make comparable lodging substitutions or upgrades whenever necessary or in your best interest to do so. Fortunately, we have vetted all of our lodges and stand by their ability to provide an amazing accommodation experience.

Cost:

Based on double occupancy ……………8743 USD peak / 7686 USD off-peak

Additional Child (4-13 years) …………………………………..……………..4617 USD peak / 4189 USD off-peak

**NB: Western circuit lodges are closed from March 1 to May 31. Also, per law, children under the age of 12 are not permitted on chimpanzee treks. Prices drop for larger parties traveling together. Children are accommodated at lower rates than adults. Adumu Safaris customizes itineraries to fit your preferences, desires, party size, and budget.

To reserve this trip we require $500 per person. The remainder is due 59 days before departure. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. We will send a secure payment link when you are ready to confirm this trip.

Please note that we offer these variations to demonstrate some of the ways that we can modify an itinerary to suit your preferences (destinations, activities, level of luxury, type of accommodations, length of stay, budget, etc.). If none of these options looks best for your group, we are more than happy to gather more information from you and customize the perfect trip. You can call us at +1 530 574 9519 or email us at to discuss this itinerary or others on our website.

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The Adumu Safaris Team