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Katavi & Mahale National Parks 10 Days Safari Adventure in Tanzania

Katavi & Mahale National Parks 10 Days/9 Nights Remote Tanzania Safari: This uncommon safari will take you from the commonly-traveled tourist routes on the Northern Circuit first to the amazing Katavi National Park. Cut off, untrammeled and rarely visited, Katavi is a genuine wilderness, offering the few intrepid visitors that travel there with a fascinating experience of Africa as it was really a hundred years back.

You will continue to Mahale Mountains found deep in the middle of Africa’s interior, not reachable by overshadowed by a series of untamed, jungle covered peaks looming nearly two kilometers over the shore: the distant and strange Mahale Mountains. Because of the timetable of the flights arrivals into Arusha must be on Monday and Thursday in the months of January/ and February while for the rest of the year it is on Sunday and Wednesday.

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Game viewing within Katavi is literally amazing, particularly the large herds of buffalos and wonderful quantities of hippos. All over the place that you will look there is something hunting, grazing, mating, bellowing, or even fighting. Days within Katavi may be wild beyond imagination. Moving on north, along the western border and the rim of Lake Tanganyika, you will find the Mahale Mountain, an additional area where time appears to have stopped.

The wooded mountain slopes are habitat to the largest recorded chimpanzee population. Additional forest residents consist of 8 additional primate species. Every day, you may head into the forest to see them, these are man’s closest relatives, since they wrestle, groom as well as forage on the leafy floor.

 

Day 1 Kilimanjaro – Arusha, Tanzania Arrival

On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll be received by our Safari Driver/Guide who will transfer you to your hotel within Arusha. Get rid of the jet lag and loosen up for a comfy night’s rest within Serena Mountain Village Lodge.

Overnight: Serena Mountain Village Lodge

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

 Day 2 Arusha – Fly to Katavi National Park, Tanzania

Following breakfast you drive to Arusha Airport to catch a charter flight into Katavi National Park found in southwestern Tanzania. (The time for departure Flight from Arusha is 08:00 hours and reach Katavi at about 11:30 hours). In Katavi you’ll go for a game drive along the way to Katuma Bush Lodge where you will have your lunch. This Lodge is located in the center of the park, on a raised point looking over the huge Katisunga plains. Large numbers of animals come looking for fresh grazing areas plus water providing you with the ideal view from your private tent.

Tamarind plus Acacia trees offer shade as the sunsets over the faraway woodlands close to the seasonal lake offer an excellent background to the beautiful scenery. You will send the night in large comfy luxury tents.

Following lunch your driver guide will brief prior to starting to explore Katavi.

Overnight: Katuma Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Days 3 & 4 Explore Katavi National Park

You will spend the following 2 days checking out Katavi National Park, the third biggest national park in Tanzania on game drives in the morning as well as afternoon. This park is found in the distant southwest part of the country, in a cut down arm of the Eastern Rift Valley which ends in the shallow, brooding area of Lake Rukwa.

The Game drives are carried out close to the forest areas and down the seasonal lakes of Katavi plus Chada, where the majority of the wildlife is commonly seen – among which are the big cats. In addition you will have a chance to go on a walking safari in a number of the most breathtaking sites within the park, enabling you to pleasure in the exceptional peaceful enjoyment of being a component of Mother Nature accompanied by an armed park Ranger

Overnight: Katuma Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Katavi – Mahale National Park

Spend the Morning at leisure, later transfer to Katavi Airstrip (carrying a packed lunch) for a short picturesque flight to the stunning Mahale Mountain National Park found at the banks of Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika. on arrival at Mahale Airstrip you will transfer to Kungwe Beach Lodge situated on a lengthy stretch of golden sandy along the shores of Lake Tanganyika below the spectacular Mahale Mountains by boat. The camp is made up of ten large luxurious tents having en-suite facilities looking over the really clear waters of Lake Tanganyika. In the afternoon go for a Chimpanzee Tracking excursion within the forest close to the camp.

Overnight: Kungwe Beach Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 6, 7 & 8 Explore Mahale National Park

For the following 3 days you will explore the Mahale Mountains plus Lake Tanganyika. Chimpanzee tracking is the leading attraction within Mahale, and will be your priority. Tracking normally starts early morning, and the Guides normally beginning in the area where the Chimps nested the last night and then track from there. Within Mahale, tracking may go for 4 hours. The Chimps move looking for fruits, and are by no means far off in case there’s a good amount of fruits close by.

Alternative activities include swimming, walking along the beach plus snorkeling in the clear waters of Lake Tanganyika. In addition fishing excursions on Tanganyika since it is an angler’s paradise may be organized with knowledgeable boatmen from the camp. Also, it is easy to visit the nearby fishing villages next to the park and personally experience the lifestyle in a traditional African village.

Overnight: Kungwe Beach Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Mahale – Arusha

You will spend the Morning at leisure by the beach prior to transferring to Mahale Airstrip by boat for a charter flight returning to Arusha. (Planned arrival time is roughly 17:30) you will be transferred to Serena Mountain Village Lodge.

Overnight: Serena Mountain Village Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 Day 10 Arusha – Kilimanjaro – Depart

You will have a dayroom at a Hotel within Arusha, unwind, have lunch, go for a city tour in Arusha or go shopping prior to catching your departure flight in the evening.

Dayrooms: Serena Mountain Village Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Please Note: in case you are planning to go to Zanzibar there may be an alternative that you will be dropped off in Kigoma Town where you will spend the night and proceed to Zanzibar the following day.